Didier Deschamps, coach of the French team, after the announcement of the international retirement of the captain of the Blues, Hugo Lloris: “Hugo has decided to retire while he is still at the top of his game. He shared his thoughts and decisions with me a few days ago. I must, we must, respect that, although 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 would like to pay tribute to his outstanding career.
In addition to all the records that his talent and professionalism have allowed him to break, in addition to the essential role he played in our greatest conquests, the 2018 World Cup, the 2021 Nations League, in our most beautiful journeys, the final of the European Championship 2016 and the of the WC 2022. Hugo is a remarkable person on a human level. He was captain when I became coach in 2012, I kept the armband for him and I never had to regret it, on the contrary.
Hugo has a very high idea of the French team, he has always been oriented towards the collective, he has always put it forward, sometimes even to his detriment. It was a pleasure and an honor for me to be his coach. I wish all coaches have players like him to manage. Hugo has all my respect and gratitude. I want him to be happy. A big thank you to Hugo for representing your country so well. »