Team France: After Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda also says goodbye internationally

Team France: After Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda also says goodbye internationally


A few days after Hugo Lloris, it is another France national team goalkeeper’s turn to retire from the national team. Steve Mandanda announced his departure from Les Bleus during a press conference with his club Stade Rennais.

The end of an era for the blues goaltenders. Announced earlier this morning, Steve Mandanda formalized his international retirement this Saturday, January 14, early in the afternoon during the pre-match press conference at the Stade Rennais that will play against PSG on Sunday.

A decision made at the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in which he participated: “I experienced all this with great pride and feeling. Today the French team is stopping for me.

A France international since 2008, Steve Mandanda has 35 selections with the Habs. The current Stade Rennais goalkeeper became world champion with the Blues in 2018. “It was huge in Russia in 2018. Unforgettable emotions, I will always be proud and grateful,” the bouncer recalled.

Steve Mandanda, often seen as the group’s second goalkeeper in favor of Hugo Lloris, was still important in the French side. The former Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper was appreciated for his closeness to all players and his ability to re-motivate the team. “Today is the time for me too [de partir, Ndlr], with 37 young people come. It was time, it was normal to stop,” said the Kinshasa native.

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