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Monday, 24 June, 2002, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
Dugarry steps down
Christophe Dugarry in action for France against Denmark
Dugarry scored eight goals in 55 games for France
France striker Christophe Dugarry has revealed he is retiring from international football.

Dugarry, a member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, told l'Equipe newspaper he was tired of playing for the national team which crashed out in the first round of this year's tournament.

"I'm tired of fighting... I've never surfed on a popular wave of support that would have made things easier for me," he said.

The 30-year-old Bordeaux player said he had no interest in continuing until the 2004 European Championships when France will be defending their title.

"I don't see what another European Championships is going to change.

"The French national team is in the past for me," he said.

"It's up to those who still have the motivation to continue with the national squad and to shake things up.

"It's not Christophe Dugarry who is going to solve the problem."

Dugarry, who scored eight goals in 55 games for his country, said France had flopped at this World Cup because "we weren't capable of lifting the tempo of the game and our physical level in the way that the Koreans have done".

Dugarry said his priority now was to win the French title with Bordeaux.


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