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French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, captain of the 2018 world champions and the most capped player in the history of the French football team (145 caps), has announced his international retirement. Image Credit: AFP

Paris: World Cup winner Hugo Lloris retired from playing for France on Monday after a record 145 appearances.

Lloris won the 2018 World Cup and was captain of the squad that lost to Argentina in the final in Qatar last month.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper told L’Equipe newspaper he will focus on his Tottenham club career in the English Premier League.

“I want to continue to perform, to live this sport as I have always done, and maybe this decision will give me more physical freshness with my club,” Lloris said.

“In the next four or five months, with Tottenham, I want to live strong things, to finish in the top 4 of the Premier League, to do something strong in the Champions League, in the FA Cup too.”

Great servant 

France coach Didier Deschamps paid tribute to “a great servant of the French team” and a “remarkable human being” who decided to retire “at the top of his game.”

“He was captain when I became coach in 2012, I kept the armband for him and I have never regretted it,” Deschamps said in a statement relayed by the French Football Federation.

Lloris made his national debut in 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay.

“To have been the goalkeeper of the French team for 14 and a half seasons is strong, but it is also mentally exhausting,” Lloris said. “And I hope that giving myself some time will allow me to continue to play at the highest level for several years.”