Laurent Koscielny had intended to retire from France duty following the World Cup, but the defender was ruled out of Didier Deschamps' squad for the finals
Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who missed France's World Cup triumph in Russia due to injury, said on Sunday his international career was "finished".
The 33-year-old had intended to retire from France duty following the tournament, but the defender was ruled out of Didier Deschamps' squad for the finals after rupturing his Achilles tendon in May.
"The injury is one thing, the World Cup win is another. I think the victory certainly hurt me much more psychologically than my injury," Koscielny told Canal Plus.
France and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny announced his retirement from international football, but he had some parting words for coach Didier Deschamps.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 15, 2018
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"The World Cup will remain a dark stage of my career and my life."
"I think I've given what I could to the France team. I'm 33 now. I've been to two Euros, a World Cup. For me, my injury hasn't changed anything," he said.
"It's over with Les Bleus. I will always be a France supporter but what is sure is that I will never put on the blue shirt again."
Did Koscielny really want France to LOSE the World Cup? 😮https://t.co/pni4K44JP5— Goal India (@Goal_India) October 15, 2018
Koscielny has yet to return for Arsenal since hurting himself during the second leg of last season's Europa League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid.
"I have a new mindset. There will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after the injury. I want to carry on at Arsenal and I want to come back soon," he said.
"I don't know what level I'm going to have because I haven't resumed training yet, but I want to fight in any event."
When you are in good form, you have lots of friends.When you are injured..." Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is done with the French national team.https://t.co/rzanwy99tX— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) October 15, 2018
Koscielny made his France debut in November 2011 in a friendly against the United States. He earned the last of his 51 caps in a 3-1 victory over Russia in March.