Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has retired from France international duty and aimed barbs at Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps.
The 33-year-old played for his country 51 times, but was cruelly denied a trip to Russia this summer after suffering an injury with the Gunners towards the end of last season.
In an interview with Canal+ (via the Mirror), the Arsenal centre back spoke about his disappointment in missing out on France's path to World Cup glory, but also aimed a few choice words at France coach Deschamps.
He said: "He called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no.
"Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach. It feels like a hit on the back of the head.
"When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured… after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about."
Sad for Koscielny.. Would have loved to see him lifting the World Cup. Best Arsenal centre-back of the Emirates era for me. Prime Koscielny was top class. Now after numerous injuries + age, no longer the player he once was. His loyalty to Arsenal can never be forgotten.— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) October 14, 2018
Laurent Koscielny is aiming to make a club comeback next month, but it's clear that the lost opportunity to lift the World Cup trophy will forever haunt him.
“France’s World Cup victory did me a lot more psychological damage than my injury did me. I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup.
Merci à tous pour vos messages 😊👋🏼 See you soon Lolo 👀— Koscielny (@6_LKOSCIELNY) October 14, 2018
“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished.”