France striker Karim Benzema has announced his retirement from international football – on his 35th birthday – a day after Les Bleus lost against Argentina on penalties in the World Cup final.
The Ballon d’Or winner, who scored 37 times in 97 appearances, was expected to lead the line for France in Qatar but missed the tournament after sustaining a thigh injury in training the day before it started.
“I made the effort and mistakes it took to be where I am today and I’m proud of it!” Benzema wrote on Twitter. “I wrote my story and ours is ending,”
Benzema made his international debut in 2007. He played at the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and at the 2014 World Cup but was omitted from the next two major tournament squads over a blackmail scandal.