Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has announced his retirement from international football, prompting praise from his former club manager Mauricio Pochettino on Instagram.

Lloris called time on his international career with France yesterday (via Julien Laurens) after leading Les Bleus to the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar.

Hugo Lloris

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The 36-year-old was unable to lift the coveted trophy once more, but already has that honour from 2018 where France won the World Cup in Russia.

He ends his international career with 145 caps for France (Transfermarkt), and recently became the most capped player in France’s history.

The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper made his debut for France in 2008 and has been the captain for his nation since 2011. Among his accolades include the World Cup and also the UEFA Nations League in 2021 (Transfermarkt).

Lloris is expected to remain Tottenham’s number-one goalkeeper until the end of the season, but he may well be replaced at club level come the summer (Daily Mirror).

After 439 appearances for Spurs so far (Transfermarkt), the skipper has seen many managers come and go, and his former boss Pochettino had kind words for the Frenchman on social media after his retirement announcement.

Pochettino shared an image of Lloris on his Instagram story and added the caption: “Congratulations, Hugo on your amazing journey with France. Incredible history created.”

Spurs Web Opinion

What a career Hugo Lloris has had with France. He may have his critics, but what he has achieved with his country, from lifting the World Cup, to becoming the country’s most-capped player, it’s a brilliant legacy to leave behind and something he should be incredibly proud of.

I just hope we can see Lloris lift a trophy with Spurs before he calls time on his club career, too. I have a feeling it would need to be this year if that is to happen, though, so the likely avenue for that success will come in the FA Cup.

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