Laurent Koscielny announces intention to retire from international football

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Laurent Koscielny has announced that he’ll retire from international football after the World Cup next summer.

The 32 year old has made 49 appearances for France, but has been dealing with a chronic Achilles tendon problem for some time now, something which has prompted his decision to call it quits for the national side.

Ahead of their friendly against Wales at the Parc des Princes on Friday, the Arsenal man said, “There is an end to everything. After the World Cup, I will be almost 33 years old, it will be time to leave.

“I have six months left in the French team to blossom and take as many memories as my wife would say.”

The then unknown Koscielny signed for Arsenal from Lorient in 2010 and has gone on to develop into one of the best central defenders in Europe.

He scored an equaliser in the 2014 FA Cup win against Hull, and has nabbed some vital goals for the Gunners down the years.

Hopefully this will help prolong his career at club level.

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