Hugo Lloris retires from international football as France captain quits ‘at my peak’

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France's World Cup-winning goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris, has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 36.

Tottenham ace Lloris made a record 145 appearances for France from 2008 to 2022, captaining the team 121 times, also a record.

He made his international debut in 2008, playing at the European Championship in 2012, 2016 and 2020 as well as the 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.

Lloris led France to victory in the 2018 World Cup before again leading them to the final this year in Qatar where they were beaten by Argentina.

“There comes a time when you have to know how to hand over the reins,” he told L’Equipe in an interview.

“I have always said over and over again that the French team doesn't belong to anyone, and we all have to make sure that's the case, me first

“I think that the team is ready to go on. There is also a goalkeeper who is ready [in Mike Maignan].

“I prefer to go out at my peak than wait for a downturn. There is also a family choice, I feel the need to spend more time with my wife and children.”

Lloris' former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Gareth Bale also announced his retirement from football on Monday.