France skipper Hugo Lloris says au revoir to international football

AP - Francisco Seco

Hugo Lloris, the France goalkeeper and skipper, announced his retirement from the national squad on Monday night after a record-breaking international career spanning just over 14 years.

The 36-year-old revealed his decision in the French sports newspaper L’Equipe just hours after it emerged that his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Gareth Bale had decided to quit the game.

"After 14 years of fighting to wear the shirt, I think I've given it everything," said Lloris.

"It has been a pleasure to wear the jersey and a source of immense pride. I've worn it with a sense of duty and responsibility."

Lloris, who started his career at Nice before moving to Lyon and then north London in August 2012, won his first international cap against Uruguay in November 2008.

Two years later, he was anointed captain during the reign of France coach Laurent Blanc and he kept the role after Didier Deschamps was appointed boss during the summer of 2012.


Lloris went on to lead the France side out on a record 121 occasions.

During that time he participated in seven international tournaments. He was the first to lift France's second World Cup crown in 2018 and the 2021 Nations League title.

During the 2022 World Cup quarter-final match against England at the Al Bayt Stadium, Lloris passed Lilian Thuram's mark of 142 appearances to become the most capped Frenchman.


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