Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny announces France retirement

"France's World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me," says Koscielny; watch France v Germany live on Sky Sports Mix on Tuesday

Laurent Koscielny (r) of France and Aaron Ramsey of Wales during their friendly at Stade de France
Image: Laurent Koscielny missed France's successful World Cup with an Achilles injury

Laurent Koscielny has retired from international football and taken a dig at France head coach Didier Deschamps in the process.

The Arsenal defender missed this summer's World Cup in Russia after suffering an Achilles injury playing for Arsenal against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League, and has now decided to focus on his club career.

The 33-year-old took the opportunity to criticise Deschamps, however, and claimed France winning the World Cup caused him a "lot more psychological damage than my injury".

"I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup," Koscielny told French TV station Canal+.

"France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished.

Didier Deschamps France World Cup final
Image: Koscielny was critical of France head coach Didier Deschamps

"When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured... after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.

"He [Deschamps] called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head.

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"France's World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me."

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