Matuidi plans 2020 swansong

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France midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he will retire from international football after Euro 2020.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he will retire from international football after Euro 2020.

The Juventus star has won 72 caps for his country since making his debut in 2010 and played an integral role as Les Bleus won this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Matuidi featured in all seven matches for France at the finals, but there have been suggestions that he considered retiring from the international game after that tournament.

At 31, Matuidi would have been forgiven for having such thoughts, but he has now confirmed that he plans to play on until the culmination of Euro 2020, where he will be aiming to help Les Bleus to another major tournament success.

‘To be honest with you, I asked myself the question, it was the easy path to go out on a high, but I have other ambitions. I feel the coach believes in me,’ Matuidi told RMC.

‘When I no longer feel that, I’ll stop. I’m certain that with this squad we can win Euro 2020. I want to finish on a high.

‘There will no longer be a question [of retirement] in two years.’

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