In the wake of France’s defeat to Argentina at the Qatar 2022 final, a French national team icon has decided to call it a career at the international stage.
France has reached incredible heights in recent years. After leaving much to be desired at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, Les Bleus reached back-to-back finals in 2018 and 2022.
Didier Deschamps first guided his country to ultimate glory in Russia, adding a second star to the team’s crest before guiding them to a tournament decider in Qatar. The latter did not end as expected as Argentina beat them on penalties.
The result seems to indicate it’s time for changes, with a changing of the guard looming at several positions. Although Deschamps will continue at the helm, he will have to replace a key player.
Hugo Lloris retires from international soccer
Veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has decided to call it a career at the international stage, retiring from the French national team at 36 years of age. It has been an incredible ride for the Tottenham keeper, who set some amazing feats with the France uniform.
Not only did he help his country win the 2018 World Cup and 2021 UEFA Nations League, Lloris also became the French keeper with most World Cup games played (20) and also the most capped French player in history (145).