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French winger Franck Ribery announces international retirement

Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 2:58pm IST | Agency: ANI

French winger Franck Ribery has announced that he is retiring from international football.

Bayern Munich's Ribery, who has won 80 caps for France since his international debut in 2006, said that he is retiring and that he has realised the time had come.

The winner of the 2013 UEFA European Player of the Year award stated that the decision to retire from the international front is due to personal reasons, Sport24 reported.

Ribery said that he wants to spend more time with his family, to concentrate on playing for Bayern Munich and also to open the way for the many other young talented players in the national side.

The winger said that one has to know when to stop and the time has come to call it a day, and added that they saw during the World Cup that France have nothing to worry about as far as the future is concerned.

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