End of the road for Bleus duo

18 June 2008 09:24
Veteran duo Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram have confirmed their international retirements following France's exit from Euro 2008. Chelsea midfielder Makelele, 35, and 36-year-old Barcelona defender Thuram made their announcements following the 2-0 defeat to Italy in Zurich. Thuram is France's all-time record cap holder after making 142 international appearances. Makelele won 71 caps for Les Bleus but was not a part of their 1998 World Cup winning side or the team that won the European Championship two years later. "This tournament was my last," confirmed Makelele after the final Group C game. "To have been allowed to wear France's colours, that's my trophy." Thuram, who did not feature against Italy, added: "That's the end of my career for France and of a very important part of my life. "There's a lot of sadness."

Source: ESA