France captain Wendie Renard to step back from national team

Olympique Lyonnais and France national team skipper Wendie Renard (32) has announced she won’t play for Les Bleues anymore, seemingly as long as national women’s team manager Corinne Diacre remains in place, she said. It is a truly stunning news as Renard is a mainstay for the France’s national team. She wore the blue jersey for more than ten years with 141 caps to her name. The 8-time Champions League winner with Olympique Lyonnais is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the women’s game.

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of my decision to step back from the France’s National team, wrote Renard. Unfortunately, I won’t feature in the Women’s World Cup in these conditions.” The 32-year-old centre-back says she can no longer support the current system that she believes far away from the standards required of the highest level. “It’s a sad day but a necessary one to preserve my mental health.”

Renard’s astonishing statement is ostensibly a dig at France’s national team manager Corinne Diacre and her staff. The manager, who has been in her position since 2017, has had clashes before with several high-profile France players such as Gaëtane Thiney, Eugénie Le Sommer, Sarah Bouhaddi or Amandine Henry.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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