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France captain Hugo Lloris retires

France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 36.

The Tottenham captain’s decision comes three weeks after France were beaten by Argentina on penalties in the 2022 World Cup final on December 18.

Lloris had captained his country to World Cup victory four years earlier when they won the 2018 tournament.

“I’ve decided to stop my international career, with the feeling that I have given everything,” said Lloris.

Speaking to French publication L’Equipe, he added: “I think it is important to announce this now, two-and-a-half months before the start of Euro qualifying.”

France have been drawn with Gibraltar, Greece, Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2024 qualifying group.

Lloris made his international debut as a 21-year-old in a friendly against Uruguay in November 2008.

He won his 145th cap in the World Cup final defeat by Argentina which made him France’s record appearance maker.

Lloris captained Le Blues 121 times, which is also a record.

The decision came after France manager Didier Deschamps extended his contract until June 2026.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, editing by Daniel Adejo