Franck Ribery retires from international duty

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Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31 year-old made 80 appearances for France, scoring 16 goals.

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International career

Ribery was part of the France Under-21 team before making his debut for the French first team. He made his debut for France in 2006 against Mexico on May 27 in which he came on as a substitute in the 74th minute.

Ribery went on to be included in France's squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany after several impressive displays in friendlies. At the tournament, he started six of France's seven games and came on as a substitute in the other one.

Ribery scored his first goal which was France's first goal in a 3-1 win over Spain in the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Germany. He played in the final against Italy which France lost on penalties.

The Bayern Munich winger also played for France at the European Championships in 2008 starting all three of France's group games. However France suffered a shock early exit at the tournament as they bowed out at the end of the group stages.

Ribery also went to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with France. However it was another disappointing show from them as they went out in the group stages of the tournament amid unrest between some players and some of the coaching staff.

Bayern Munich success

The Frenchman has currently made 178 appearances for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, scoring 63 goals.

Ribery wash central to the Bavarian team that won the treble during the 2012/13 season. He made 32 appearances in the Bundesliga scoring 12 goals and made 12 appearances in the Champions League scoring 3 goals.


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