Fernandez: Ribery France retirement decision was wrong

The former France midfielder believes the Bayern Munich star should continue to play for his country

Former France midfielder Luis Fernandez has criticised Franck Ribery’s decision to retire from international football.

Ribery recently announced his decision to stop playing for les Bleus after missing out on the World Cup in Brazil this summer with a chronic back problem.

The 31-year-old explained that his decision was made to allow the younger players on the fringes of the senior side to get a chance to break into the team, while he also wanted to spend more time to Bayern Munich and his family.

However, Fernandez – who now works as a sports radio host in France – believes Ribery’s decision is wrong.

“In his case, I would not have made this decision like that. He anticipates, he surprises and as I said to one of his relatives, he sided with quite a few people,” Fernandez told RMC Sport.

“He [Ribery] told the people: ‘I’m retiring, you have won your battle.’

“You cannot deprive yourself of a great player but he took the lead, he said: ‘I’m tired, leave me alone.’

“This is pride. I think this decision is firm and final.”

Ribery made his debut under Raymond Domenech in a 1-0 win over Mexico in 2006 and scored 16 goals in all competitions in 82 senior appearances for France.

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