Laurent Koscielny set for international retirement after 2018 World Cup

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will retire from international football with France following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 32-year-old has made 49 appearances for Les Blues since debuting in 2011.

“Yes, I think (to retire from France),” Koscielny told French outlet L’Equipe when asked on his retirement plans.

“I have six months left to enjoy my time with France. After that, it will be time to give my place to young players behind me.”

The former Lorient man has represented France at two European Championships and one World Cup.

He started all seven games of France’s EURO 2016 campaign, where they came up short against Portugal in the final, losing 1-0.

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Laurent Koscielny was a late bloomer on the international stage, making his debut for France at the age of 26. He considered playing for Poland in 2009, given his Polish roots from his grandfather and great-grandfather, but ultimately opted to represent the country of his birth.

Laurent Koscielny is a favourite to be one of France’s starting centre-halves in Russia next year, obviously depending on availability and form.

However, Les Blues also boast Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane in their ranks, a sign of the frightening depth within Didier Deschamps’ squad.

With World Cup Qualification sealed during the last international break, France look forward to friendlies against Wales and Germany throughout the next week.

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