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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny will retire from international football after 2018 World Cup

Laurent Koscielny scored France's third before half-time with a header
Image: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is retiring from international duty with France after the World Cup

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny says he will retire from international football with France following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Frenchman is calling time on his international career after playing 49 times for his country since making his debut in 2011 against the United States.

Speaking ahead of Les Blues' friendly against Wales on Friday, Koscielny told L'Equipe: "There is an end to everything.

"After the World Cup, I would be almost 33-years-old, it will be time to leave the place.

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

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) talks with Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny during a team training session
Image: Koscielny talks to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during a training session

The 32-year-old, who has played at three major tournaments for France, and was part of the squad who finished runners-up in Euro 2016, is retiring to help prolong his Arsenal career.

Koscielny has suffered from ankle problems during his time in north London and also revealed to Sky Sports that he requires treatment on a longstanding Achilles problem on a daily basis.

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He said: "Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career.

Laurent Koscielny will need daily treatment on an Achilles injury until the end of his career
Image: Koscielny needs daily treatment on an Achilles injury until the end of his career

"Now, every day I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well for my Achilles."

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