Hugo Lloris announces retirement from international football

Hugo Lloris announces retirement from international football

Hugo Lloris, the goalie for Tottenham, has announced his retirement from international service.

The 36-year-old skipper led Les Bleus in the World Cup in Qatar, playing every minute of the knockout rounds, and became the team’s all-time leader in appearances en route to a final loss to Argentina.

With 145 international appearances, Lloris has decided to retire from his national team.

“It’s not easy to make this announcement, but after 14 years defending the jersey I wore with tremendous joy, pride, duty, and a feeling of responsibility, I think my time has ended,” Lloris told L’Equipe. “I have chosen to quit my international career, believing I have contributed all I have.

“And I believe it’s necessary to announce it now, before the beginning of Euro qualifying, out of respect for the coach and the players so they can begin afresh.

“I’ve been considering this since the conclusion of the World Cup. There was something deep inside me for many months that built over the whole competition and pushed me to make this decision.

“What motivated me in recent months was the World Cup, the appearance record, because when you can break such a record, you must embrace the opportunity and defend our world championship crown. The thought of experiencing one more experience with my teammates, coach, and staff by pushing our limitations kept me going.

“There comes the point when you must recognize when to give up the reins. I do not want to adopt the team as my own. As I have repeatedly said, we are all responsible for ensuring that the France team does not belong to anybody. I believe the team is prepared to go. Additionally, there is already a goalie [Mike Maignan], and I need time for myself, my family, and my children.

“Being the France team’s goalie for 14 seasons is an honour, but it is also emotionally draining. I hope that by freeing up some time, I will be able to continue playing at the top level for a number of years while remaining fresh.”

Hugo Lloris made his debut for Les Bleus in 2008 and experienced a tremendous international career, winning the World Cup in 2018 and the Nations League in 2021.