Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery announced on Wednesday he will never play for France again.
The 31-year-old, who told journalists he wanted to spend more time with his family, won 82 senior caps for Les Bleus since making his debut in 2006 but missed out on this summer’s World Cup after failing to recover from a back injury.
Ribery’s decision gives him added time to concentrate on his club football with the Bavarians, who will kick off their Bundesliga title defence at home to Wolfsburg on August 22.
Reaction on social media
Franck Ribery has stepped away from international duty for Équipe de France de Football 81 caps 16 goals 21 assist pic.twitter.com/W4RpuoZZF6— Just Football (@JustFutball) August 13, 2014
81 – Franck Ribéry scored 16 goals and delivered 21 assists in 81 caps with France. Adieu. pic.twitter.com/aJV0mnS3MV— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 13, 2014