He had been called up by Didier Deschamps in recent matches
Mathieu won't play again with the French national team. The defender about to turn 33 years old, has announced he retires from international football. Didier Deschamps, the French national manager, had called him up to play against Bulgaria and Holland in the next international break. His place will be covered by Valencia's defender Elaquim Mangala
Mathieu told Deschamps himself, according to the statement published by the French Football Federation. He made his debut with France back in 2011 in a match against USA. "During my career I wasn't very lucky with the national team", admitted Barcelona's defender.