Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram End Their International Careers
French internationals Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram have officially ended their international careers following France's loss to Italy, which eliminated France from the Euro tournament.
Thuram won a record 142 caps for France, and was the only member of the current French team to be a starter for France's 1998 World Cup victory.
The 36 year old Thuram who plays his club soccer for Barcelona, was quoted as saying, "There's a lot of sadness...(the national team) was a very important part of my life."
The 35 year old Makelele won 71 caps over his time with France, but never won a tournament with France. He said, "To have been allowed to wear France's colors, that's my trophy."
The departure of Makelele and Thuram could be the beginning of a long changing process for the French national team.
Youngsters like Nasi, Ribery, Gomis, and Benzema must step up and carry the French team in the future.