A monument in Blues history bows out. With his 36 years, Hugo Lloris, captain of the French team, announced this Monday at The team his international pension. The end of a history of more than 14 years with the selection, which began on 19 November 2008 during a friendly match against Uruguay at the Stade de France (0-0).
Over the years, the goalkeeper has become a pillar of the French team, which he captained in 2010, and during the last World Cup he even grabbed the selection record held by Lilian Thuram (145 against 142). World champion 2018, plays a key role during the epic in Russia, Lloris will therefore have played his last game in blue on December 18, during the final of the World Cup in Qatar lost against Argentina (3-3, 2-4 losses) .
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“There comes a time when you have to know how to deliverdescribes the interested party in an interview with “L’Équipe”. I don’t want to make it my own, I’ve always said and repeated that France’s team doesn’t belong to anyone and we all have to make sure that’s the case, me first. I think that behind the team is ready to continue, there is also a goalkeeper who is ready (Mike Maignan). »
With the Blues, Nice also has a European Championship final (2016), a League of Nations win (2021) and holds the captaincy record (121). He will now dedicate himself to his club career at Tottenham, of which he is captain and where he has played since 2012, after starting as a professional at OGC Nice (2005-2008) and having passed Olympique Lyonnais (2008 – 2012).
“I prefer to go out and be on top than wait for a drop in speed or too much competitioncontinues Lloris. There is also a family choice, I feel the need to spend more time with my wife and children. »