This will be my last World Cup, says Ribery

The Bayern Munich star has appeared in the competition twice before and will be 35-years-old by the time the 2018 edition in Russia kicks off

France winger Franck Ribery has revealed that this year’s World Cup will be his last.

The 31-year-old will appear in the finals for the third time this summer, after an agonising penalty-shootout defeat to Italy in the final in 2006 and a dismal first-round exit four years ago in South Africa.

The Bayern Munich player will be 35 by the time the next showpiece comes around in Russia and told radio station RTL that this year’s tournament in Brazil will be his final bow on the world stage.

“It will be my last World Cup,” he said.

“We have to go there to achieve something, to try to win the World Cup, quite simply.”

France have been drawn in Group E along with Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador.

Coach Didier Deschamps will be keen to avoid a repeat of their 2010 debacle, when former boss Raymond Domenech faced in-fighting within the squad as France took just one point from their three pool matches. 

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