France star retires from international duty after World Cup win

first_img 2 Adil Rami celebrates France’s World Cup win 2 Adil Rami has called time on his France career after their World Cup triumph.The Marseille defender was an unused substitute as Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in the final. He did not play a single minute of football in Russia but has been praised for his influence on the squadRami, 32, has now decided to retire from international football in the wake of his country’s stunning success.The centre-back, who won 35 caps for France, told TF1: “The France team is over for me.”He went on to hail Didier Deschamps’ squad as the most together he had seen.Rami added: “Even if I did not play, I had to be ready at all times to play 90 minutes. I trained twice a day. The team was huge, I do not have words for that. The atmosphere is extraordinary.“I have never seen a team from France with such an atmosphere, so much joy, every day, even after the matches, before the matches. It’s beautiful.” Adil Rami lifts the World Cup trophy Rami also had words of praise for Paul Pogba.The Manchester United midfielder shone throughout the tournament and was one of France’s goalscorers in the final.“I can tell you that Paul Pogba, I don’t know how and I don’t know from where has become a leader,” said Rami. “He was the strong man of the France team.“Defensively he helped the team. I could talk about everyone, but today, Paul showed maturity.“His technique is good, but it’s the attitude that is the most important. He proved it to us, he showed it, he’s a technical player, he has a lot of talent.“He was able to battle defensively. Everyone loves players who do tricks, nutmegs, flicks.“You sweat, you give your body to the cause. There are matches where you have to roll your sleeves up. Some people have understood that and him especially.”last_img

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