Coupet thinking of retiring

France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet has revealed he may retire from football after Les Bleus’ upcoming Euro 2008 game with Italy.

The 35-year-old has already told his club Lyon he does not intend to stay with them next year, and has said he will only continue his career with a club outside France.

In May he announced he would consider his future after the European Championships, which run until the end of June.

However, after two poor results, France’s European campaign is on the brink of coming to a premature end should they fail to beat Italy on Tuesday, leaving Coupet to admit the game with the Azzurri may be his last.

When asked if he might retire from the game altogether following the Austria and Switzerland tournament he replied: “Honestly I don’t know. I only want to think about this after the European Championships.

“The only certainty for now is that I want to leave Lyon, as I announced on May 23, and that for my career to continue I’ll have to move abroad.

“But I’ll have to think about it (retirement). Therefore it’s true that, if we go out, the game against Italy could be my last.”

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