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Laurent Koscielny confirms France exit: 'World Cup victory did a lot more psychological damage than my injury'

Kylian Mbappe created an own goal and scored a penalty late in the second half to turn the tide against Iceland and draw 2-2.
After leading France to World Cup glory in Russia, Didier Deschamps has been named the Best FIFA Men's Coach for 2018.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has confirmed his retirement from international football, and criticised France coach Didier Deschamps for not offering more support during his long injury layoff.

Koscielny had said last year that he would retire from internationals after the World Cup, but missed France's triumph in Russia after rupturing his Achilles tendon toward the end of last season.

He told Canal Plus that he has no intention to go back on his decision retire.

"I think that I have given...

Paul Pogba to pay for NBA-style rings for France World Cup winners - sources

With criticism surrounding Paul Pogba at Man United, the FC guys feel time away on France duty in the UEFA Nations League will do him a deal of good.

Paul Pogba will pay for NBA-style World Cup winning diamond-encrusted rings for France's World Cup-winning squad, sources have told ESPN FC.

French FA president Noel Le Graet said on Tuesday that it will pick up the bill of around €10,000 for the transportation of the rings from Los Angeles to Paris.

The price of each piece has not been confirmed yet but they will be made of 11 carat diamonds with blue sapphires and red rubies.

The idea was pitched to the squad by Antoine Griezmann and Pogba,...

Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium contractor not paying workers - Amnesty report

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.
Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Shaka Hislop discuss the latest decision made by FIFA that will see the first winter World Cup final set for Dec. 18 in Qatar.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

A contractor involved in building the marquee stadium for Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup did not pay its workers, leaving them stranded thousands of miles from home, according to a report by Amnesty International.

Mercury MENA, an engineering and plumbing firm, owes thousands of dollars of wages to workers from countries where many live on less than $2 a day, Amnesty said in its report "Unpaid and abandoned: the abuse of Mercury MENA workers."

Those employees helped build projects including...

World Cup saw 170 pitch invasion attempts, according to organisers

Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player in 2018 after winning the Golden Ball award at the World Cup.
Real Madrid and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois has been named the Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper in 2018 after winning the Golden Glove award at World Cup in Russia.
After leading France to World Cup glory in Russia, Didier Deschamps has been named the Best FIFA Men's Coach for 2018.

The head of the 2018 World Cup organising committee has said security stopped 170 people from running onto pitches during the tournament.

Four members of the Pussy Riot protest group notably managed to reach the pitch during the World Cup final.

Organising committee CEO Alexei Sorokin spoke publicly on Tuesday about the huge number of potential security breaches for the first time.

"Of course, you may repel what I'm saying [about security] by the fact there were a few pitch runners at the final,...

France prepared not to repeat Germany's mistakes - Didier Deschamps

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno laud Kylian Mbappe's maturity and leadership following his performance against the Netherlands.

France coach Didier Deschamps has warned against Les Bleus making the same mistakes that saw 2014 World Cup winners Germany eliminated at the group stage of the 2018 tournament.

In a FIFA session dedicated to France's triumph in Russia, Deschamps reflected on the challenge of preventing his newly crowned champions becoming complacent in Qatar in 2022.

The question came from St. Kits and Nevis coach Jacques Passy who wondered how Deschamps would ensure France "do not fall into the trap" as Germany...