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Midfielder Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram have announced their retirement from international football after France exited Euro 2008.

The decisions of the 35-year-old Makelele and the 36-year-old Thuram came in the wake of France’s 2-0 defeat by Italy.

Chelsea midfielder Makelele made his debut for France in 1995, winning 71 caps, but he did not feature in their World Cup or Euro 2000-winning teams.

“I always said this would be my final competition,” said Makelele. “I have no regrets at finishing now.

“Most of the decisions I have taken I have always taken 100percent.

“I have sweated for this shirt and it has brought me 100percent happiness, so there are no regrets.

“A new generation can take the reins and come together. I am totally with them,” added Makelele.

Thuram, France’s record caps holder with 142 caps, also announced he was calling it a day.

“This elimination is very difficult to take, it is even more difficult for me because it is my last match with France,” said Thuram.

“As for my future, I would like to continue to play but I don’t know if a club wants me,” added Thuram.

Others such as Patrick Vieira and goalkeeper Gregory Coupet are thought to be considering retiring.

However, Thierry Henry, France’s record goalscorer with 45 in 102 matches, said he wasn’t going to take an quick decision about his international future.

“Yes, of course, I want to continue,” said the 30-year-old, who had a miserable first season with Barcelona.

“I had already said that it had crossed my mind (of retiring) but I am here.

“I don’t know what is going to happen but I am going to reflect on what I am going to do.”

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