Steve Mandanda to announce international retirement

L’Équipe report this morning that Rennes goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is set to announce his international retirement at the age of 37, having played for Les Bleus since 2008.

Mandanda’s decision comes days after Hugo Lloris’ announcement, the two having been France’s number one and two respectively for over a decade.

The Marseille legend leaves international football with 35 caps in total, as well as a World Cup winner’s medal in 2018. He was most recently part of the French squad that reached the final of the tournament this past December, having featured in the group stage match against Tunisia. Four and a half years ago, he started in the goalless draw against Denmark.

Although a substitute more often than not, Mandanda was seen as a leading and vocal figure in the dressing room and a fixture of an ever-changing team under Didier Deschamps, all the while remaining close to his teammates.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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