Mathieu Announces Retirement From France Squad Due To Lack Of Motivation

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French defender Jeremy Mathieu, who plays for Barcelona has announced his retirement from the squad, stating he has no motivation to represent his country.

The Barcelona defender was set to feature for Les Bleus in their upcoming world cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Netherlands.

However he abruptly opted to retire from the squad after talking with manager Didier Deschamps.

Mathieu has only won five caps for his country despite producing strong performances for Valencia and Barca, while he was unlucky to miss out on Euro 2016 with an injury.

And the 32-year-old now feels now is the time to put all his focus on his club career.

“I thought quite a bit before ending my international career,” Mathieu told L’Equipe. “I did not refuse the call up, it’s just that I wanted to stop.

“I do not have the motivation to continue. I want to devote myself to my club.

“I will be 35 in 2018 and I want to leave room for younger players.”

Mathieu discussed the injury that saw him miss out on the European championships on home soil over the summer, and he accepted it as part and parcel of football.

“I have no regrets,” he added. “It was not my decision to miss the Euros but there are worse things in life.”



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