Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international football. Ribery announced his retirement in an interview with German magazine Kicker.
Ribery is quoted as saying: “I am stopping. I want to focus on my family and fully concentrate on my work at Bayern Munich and make way in the national team for the many young and exciting players,” he said.
“One has to know when to stop. I have experienced so much and now is the time for others to come forward. You could see at the World Cup that we should have no concerns about France’s future.”
Ribery was ruled out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil due to injury despite the Frenchman fighting for a chance to play. France reached the quarterfinals of the tournament only to lose to the eventual champions, Germany 1-0. The 31-year-old winger made 81 caps for Les Bleus and scored 18 goals.
Ribery made his international debut in 2006 against Mexico in a World Cup warm up match. The winger scored his first international goal in the 2006 World Cup, Ribery scored France's opening goal in the team's 3–1 Round of 16 win over Spain after receiving a through ball from Patrick Vieira, which allowed the winger to dribble past an oncoming Iker Casillas and shoot into the empty net.
Ribery was named the winner 2013 UEFA European Player of the Year award for his performances for Bayern Munich in a season that saw the Bavarian win their fifth European trophy and Bayern also became the first German side to win the treble (European Cup, Bundesliga and DFB-Polka).