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Koscielny to call time on France career after World Cup

Koscielny to call time on France career after World Cup”

France and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny reveals that he will retire from global football after next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Koscielny has played in three major tournaments for Les Bleus but the tournament in Russian Federation next year will be his last.

"Yes I think (it is the right time)".

"I have six months left to enjoy my time with France".

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In defence, France coach Didier Deschamps can usually count on Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, 24, and the 23-year-old Umtiti, who made his debut at Euro 2016, while Paris Saint-Germain's Presnel Kimpembe, 22, leads a host of other youthful contenders for places in the back line.

The former Tours and Lorient man joined Arsenal in 2010, which lead him to earn his first global call-up the following year.

The Arsenal star has been a regular part of the squad since making his worldwide debut in November 2011 and could pick up his 50th cap in one of Les Bleus' upcoming friendlies against Wales or Germany. The Gunners man has one worldwide goal to his name, scored against Scotland previous year.

By stepping away from the French national team, Koscielny could use the worldwide breaks to rest, rather than battle for minutes against a whole host of younger, hungrier players eager to represent their country.



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