Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris retires from international football

France goalkeeper and 2018 World Cup winner Hugo Lloris has retired from international football at the age of 36.

Tottenham’s captain scored a record 145 times for the French men’s team, 121 of them as captain.

The French Football Association confirmed the news on Monday night, listing some of his achievements on Twitter and adding: “Legend. Bravo and THANK YOU for everything Hugo.”

He expanded in a statement on his website: “After more than 14 years in the French team’s shirt, Hugo Lloris has decided to end his international career.

“The goalkeeper and captain of Les Bleus formalized his decision on Monday, January 9.”

Lloris made his international debut at the age of 21 in a friendly match against Uruguay in 2008 and was part of the French team that won the 2018 World Cup.

He played in four World Cups – a joint record for France – in 2010, 2014, a triumphant 2018 season and most recently in 2022 when his side lost 4-2 to Argentina on penalties in last month’s final.

France v Croatia - FIFA World Cup 2018 - Final - Luzhniki Stadium

Hugo Lloris led France to the 2018 World Cup in Russia (Aaron Chown/PA)

It was in Qatar that he overtook Lilian Thuram for the most caps for France in history, and also holds the record for the most World Cup matches, with 20 played for his national team.

France manager Didier Deschamps said: “Hugo has decided to retire while he is still at the top of his game. A few days ago, he shared his thoughts and decision with me.

“I have to, we have to respect that, even if he still has a place in our team, as he showed at the last World Cup in Doha.

“A very great servant of the French team takes a bow and I want to salute his outstanding career.

“Beyond all the records his talent and professionalism have allowed him to break, beyond the essential role he played in our greatest conquests, the 2018 World Cup, the 2021 Nations League, our most beautiful journeys, the Euro 2016 Final and that of the 2022 World Cup.

“Hugo is an extraordinary person on a human level. He was captain when I became manager in 2012, I kept the armband for him and I never had to regret it, quite the opposite.

“Hugo has a very good idea of ​​the French team, he has always been collective-oriented, he has always presented it, sometimes even to his own detriment.

“It was a pleasure and an honor for me to be his coach. I wish all coaches had players like him.

“Hugo has my respect and gratitude. I wish him to be happy. Huge thanks to Hugo for representing his country so well.

France coach Didier Deschamps praised his goalkeeper

France manager Didier Deschamps (left) praised the “talent and professionalism” of his goalkeeper (John Walton/PA)

Lloris, who has kept five clean sheets in 17 Premier League appearances for Tottenham this season, began his career with Nice, making his first-team debut in 2005 before moving to Lyon in 2008.

He joined Spurs in 2012 and extended his contract in January 2022, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract to keep him at the north London club until summer 2024.

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