France are still flying high after claiming their second World Cup in Russia earlier this year.
But Les Bleus have been hit with a setback after the fallout following Laurent Koscielny‘s retirement from international duty.
The former France defender criticized manager Didier Deschamps for his treatment while recovering from injury. The Arsenal man ruptured an Achilles in the Europa League semi-final in May and missed out on Les Bleus’ World Cup-winning campaign.
Koscielny, 33, said “lots of people disappointed him” during his lay-off. “It feels like a hit on the back of the head,” he said.
“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. He [Deschamps] called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach.”
Watch what Deschamps had to say in reply below.