LAURENT KOSCIELNY has spoken out about missing France’s World Cup triumph through injury and revealed that at times he wanted them to lose.

The Arsenal centre-back, who retired from international football on Sunday, was sidelined for the tournament after rupturing his Achilles towards the end of last season.

 Koscielny spoke to Canal+ about the psychological effect of missing the World Cup

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Koscielny spoke to Canal+ about the psychological effect of missing the World CupCredit: AFP or licensors

And the 33-year-old has revealed that missing the World Cup had a worse psychological effect than the injury itself.

Speaking to Canal+, the Gunners centre-back said: “The World Cup will remain a dark spot of my career.

“The injury was hard to accept. The result was even harder because they won the World Cup.

“I have a selfish side. I tell myself that I could have been part of the adventure and won the Cup.

Laurent Koscielny cries discussing serious injury and family after retiring from international football
 The veteran centre-half suffered a ruptured Achilles in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid

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The veteran centre-half suffered a ruptured Achilles in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final against Atletico MadridCredit: REUTERS
 The Gunners centre-back made 51 appearances for Les Bleus

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The Gunners centre-back made 51 appearances for Les BleusCredit: EPA

“And I would have it in a corner of my head for the rest my life.

“I was really happy for them, but also disgusted.

“You can not feel like a world champion, as the 60 million French could.

“It’s a strange feeling that during the tournament I wanted them to qualify, but at the same time I wanted them to lose.”

 France boss Didier Deschamps has admitted he was 'surprised' by Koscielny's criticism

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France boss Didier Deschamps has admitted he was ‘surprised’ by Koscielny’s criticismCredit: AP:Associated Press

Koscielny, who made 51 appearances for the world champions, also spoke of his dissapointment with France coach Didier Deschamps.

He said: “It feels like a hit on the back of the head. When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured… after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.

“Deschamps called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, no. Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach.”

 The centre-back is now fully focused on a return to fitness

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The centre-back is now fully focused on a return to fitnessCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
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Deschamps said he was “surprised” that Koscielny accused him of a lack of support during his injury but admitted he could have offered more.

He said: “I understand his enormous disappointment. I was surprised, like the rest of the staff.

“I reached out for an update in September. That, at a bare minimum, I did. I could have done more.

“He has been injured by this, he is marked for life. There are most things but it will not change what I think of Lolo as both a player and a man. He is someone with great values.”

 Koscielny has made 238 appearances for the Gunners

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Koscielny has made 238 appearances for the GunnersCredit: PA:Press Association

The defender is now focusing on his recovery and is determined to get back into the Arsenal line-up.

He said: “I have a new state of mind, there was the Laurent before, and the Laurent after.

“I want to continue to Arsenal, and come back quickly, I do not know what level I can have, but I want to fight.”



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