Former French national team striker Florian Maurice has backed Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny over the manner in which he announced his international retirement.
Koscielny, 33, confirmed his retirement from the French national team on Sunday and also criticised manager Didier Deschamps for his lack of care while he was recovering from an Achilles tendon injury which ruled him out of this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia.
Former Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Lyon striker Maurice spoke about Koscielny in an interview with renowned French news outlet l’equipe as he revealed that he understands the defender’s plight having also missed the 1998 World Cup title triumph on home soil as a result of an injury.
Laurent Koscielny was on course to be part of the 23-man France squad for this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia before he sustained the aforementioned injury in April.
The centre-back suffered the injury in the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final clash with Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid at the new Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid defeated the Gunners 1-0 in that second leg to secure a 2-1 victory on aggregate and seal a final spot which they eventually won courtesy a 2-0 win over French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille