Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny says he initially thought the injury that will keep him out of this summer's World Cup came from a Diego Costa tackle.
France defender Koscielny, 32, ruptured his Achilles' tendon during the Gunners' away defeat to Atletico Madrid in their Europa League semifinal second leg at the start of May.
"When I fell, I thought it was because [Diego] Costa had tackled me," Koscielny told the French Football Federation (FFF) website.
"But not at all. I looked...
France midfielder Adrien Rabiot's refusal to be World Cup reserve 'massive mistake' - Didier Deschamps
CLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France -- France coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot has refused a role as a reserve for this summer's World Cup and branded the 23-year-old's decision "a massive mistake."
Rabiot notified Deschamps on Monday that after failing to make the 23-man squad for the trip to Russia, he does not want to spend his summer waiting in hope for a call to arms in Eastern Europe.
Speaking at Clairefontaine on Wednesday as Les Bleus gathered...
PARIS -- When France coach Didier Deschamps unveiled his 23-man World Cup squad Thursday, one of the biggest talking points was his decision to demote Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot to the reserve list.
Club teammates Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were all selected, but Rabiot did not make the full cut despite arguably being the second-most-established name on that list of four.
If you have been watching PSG regularly in 2018, though, particularly since the 3-1 defeat...
Michel Platini has admitted he "did a little trickery" with the 1998 World Cup group stage draw to try and ensure hosts France and reigning champions Brazil would fulfil "everyone's dream" by meeting in the final.
Platini was a co-organiser of the 1998 tournament along with late French Football Federation president Fernand Sastre.
The former UEFA President told France Bleu he had had a hand in ensuring France and Brazil would not meet before the final if both qualified top of their sections in...