France captain Hugo Lloris announces retirement from international football

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France team captain Hugo Lloris announced on 9 January his decision to retire from international football at the age of 36.

An overview of the news

  • He took this decision three weeks after losing the final against Argentina in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

  • Lloris made his international debut in November 2008 at the age of 21 in a friendly match against Uruguay. He is also the most capped player forFrance in the World Cup.

  • He surpassed Lillian Thuram's record of 142 matches. Lloris represented the France team in 145 matches.

  • In the final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, France lost the match toArgentina in a penalty shootout after a 3–3 draw through full time and then extra time.

  • Argentina won the shootout over France 4–2.

  • Hugo Lloris is the fourth captain to lead his team to two consecutive World Cup finals. This feat was first achieved by Karl Heinz Rumeneige of Germany.

  • Legendary footballer Diego Maradona also led Argentina to two consecutive World Cup finals under his captaincy.

  • Lloris has represented France in four World Cups and three Euro Cups and captained Les Blues to the World Cup trophy in 2018.

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