Germany Bundesliga 2

Defender Jeremy Mathieu ends international career

PARIS (AP) French defender Jeremy Mathieu is quitting international football to focus on his club career with Barcelona.

A day after he was removed from the France squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Mathieu told Saturday's edition of L'Equipe newspaper that he lacks "the motivation to keep going."

France coach Didier Deschamps did not specify why he had removed Mathieu from the squad.