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World Cup-winning goalkeeper and French captain Hugo Lloris announces retirement from international football

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The French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed that Hugo Lloris, the 2018 World Cup winning goalkeeper and Tottenham captain, has retired from international football at the age of 36. 

  • Record holder for most caps for the French men's national team with 145, 121 of which were as the team's skipper
  • World Cup winner with France in 2018
  • Played in 4 World Cups, a record for France (2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022)
  • French record holder for the most World Cup matches with 20 played for the national side
  • Won UEFA Nations League with France in 2021

In a statement on its website, the FFF celebrated Lloris' achievements, saying, "After more than 14 years spent in the jersey of the French team, Hugo Lloris has chosen to put an end to his international career. The goalkeeper and captain of Les Bleus formalized his decision on Monday, January 9." 

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Lloris made his international debut in 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay and was a member of the French squad that won the World Cup in 2018. He also played in four World Cups, a record for France, in 2010, 2014, 2018 and the most recent in 2022, where the team lost to Argentina in the final.

Lloris holds the record for the most caps for the French men's national team with 145, 121 of which were as the team's skipper.

During the 2022 World Cup, Lloris passed Lilian Thuram to become France's all-time most capped player and also holds the French record for the most World Cup matches, with 20 played for the national side.

France manager Didier Deschamps paid tribute to Lloris, saying, "Hugo has decided to retire while he is still at the top of his game. He shared his thoughts and decision with me a few days ago. I must, we must, respect it even if he still had his place in our team, as he demonstrated during the last World Cup, in Doha. A very great servant of the French team bows out and I want to salute his exceptional career."

Lloris began his career with Nice in 2005 before moving to Lyon in 2008 and joining Tottenham in 2012. He recently extended his contract with the club, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at the north London club until 2024.

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