Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has announced his retirement from international football in a controversial manner.
The 33-year-old confirmed his decision to retire from the French national team on Sunday evening as he criticised manager Didier Deschamps for the way he was treated while recovering from a long injury layoff.
Laurent Koscielny recently returned to light training at Arsenal from the Achilles tendon injury he sustained during the Europa League semi-final second leg clash with Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in May.
The injury forced him to miss this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
His French team emerged as champions after a second title triumph via a 4-2 victory over Croatia in their final clash.
Since making his debut in 2011, Laurent Koscielny has featured for France on 51 occasions and also represented Les Blues at three major tournaments namely the 2012 European Championship, 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 European Championship.
His last appearance for France came in March 2018 when the French team defeated Russia 3-1 in an international friendly.
Without Laurent Koscielny in the Arsenal team, retired Czech Republic shot-stopper Petr Cech has captained the team under the new managerial reign of Spanish tactician Unai Emery.
The Gunners are expected to welcome Koscielny back to full training by next month.