By Chineze Ogugua
France and Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny has retired from international duty following what he described as lack of concern over his treatment while recovering from injury by manager Didier Deschamps.
The defender ruptured an Achilles in the Europa League semi-final in May and subsequently missed out on France’s World Cup-winning campaign in Russia.
Koscielny had announced last year that he intended to retire from international football after the World Cup.
He said in an interview that he felt stabbed in the back and disappointed with the way he was treated.
“It feels like a hit on the back of the head,” he said.
“When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured… after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.”
“He called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach.”
“The injury is one thing, the victory of the World Cup is another, I think the victory certainly made me much more psychologically hurt than my injury.”
“I think I gave the France team what I could. For me, my injury has not changed anything. The Blues are over, after that, I will always be a supporter of the French team but what is certain is that I will not put on the blue jersey.
“I have a new state of mind, there will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after injury. I want to continue to Arsenal, I want to return quickly. I want to fight.”
The 33-year old made 51 appearances for France since making his debut in November 2011.
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