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France's Thuram, Makelele quit after Euro defeat
June 18, 2008 12:41 IST
Defender Lilian Thuram and midfielder Claude Makelele announced their international retirements after France [Images] were eliminated from Euro 2008 [Images] following their 2-0 defeat by Italy on Tuesday.
- Images: Italy vs France
The 36-year-old Thuram, who won a record 142 caps but did not play on Tuesday, was the only member of the Euro 2008 squad to have started the 3-0 final win over Brazil [Images] at the 1998 World Cup.
"That's the end of my career for France and of a very important part of my life," Thuram told reporters. "There's a lot of sadness."
Makelele, 35, won his 71st cap in the Group C game.
"This tournament was my last for France," he said.
Widely regarded as one of the world's best holding midfielders, Makelele never won a major trophy for France.
"To have been allowed to wear France's colours, that's my trophy," said Makelele.
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