Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has announced his retirement from international football after slamming France coach Didier Deschamps for his treatment during his injury recovering.
The French centre-back, who missed out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to injury, ruptured an Achilles in the Europa League semi-final in May.
However, the 33-year-old has claimed that lots of people disappointed him during his time out with the injury.
“It feels like a hit on the back of the head,” Koscielny 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 [Deschamps] called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach.”
Koscielny announced last year that he intended to retire from international football after the World Cup but unfortunately, he missed out on it.
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However, the veteran defender, who boasts 51 caps for Les Bleus, revealed he never changed his mind.
“The injury is one thing, the victory of the World Cup is another,” Koscielny said.
“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.”