The Tottenham goalkeeper informed about the end of his career in an interview with the newspaper L’Équipe. “Everybody realizes at some point that it’s time to hand over the reins to someone else,” said 36-year-old Loris.
“I’ve always said that a place in the national team doesn’t belong to anyone. And that’s why we all, including myself, have to make sure that’s the case. Plus here’s a goalkeeper who’s ready (Mike Maignan),” he said.
Lloris made his first appearance for France in 2008 and went on to make a record 145 appearances for the national team. He led the national team as captain in 121 matches, which is also a French record.
He appeared at three European Championships (2008, 2016 and 2020) and four World Championships (2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022). Four years ago, he helped win the title, which France also tried for last year, but lost to Argentina in the final after a shootout.
“I’d rather leave at the top than wait until I don’t have it. And the family also spoke into it, because I want to spend more time with my wife and children,” said the former goalkeeper of Nice or Lyon.