Wiltord announces retirement

The French Football Federation paid tribute to former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord, who has announced his retirement.

The French Football Federation paid tribute to former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord, who has announced his retirement.

The 38-year-old joined the club in 2000 from Bordeaux and spent four years in north London, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

He was a member of the ’Invincibles’ team which went through the 2003-04 league season unbeaten.

Wiltord won 92 caps for France, memorably scoring an injury-time equaliser in the Euro 2000 final against Italy, which Les Bleus won in extra-time.

The FFF said in a statement: “All of our football fans who were following the final of the European Championship on the evening of July 2 in Rotterdam as supporters of France will long remember Sylvain Wiltord’s equalising goal in added time before the French won in extra-time.

“This memory will remain etched in the history of our sport, because he made a big contribution to winning the European title.”

Wiltord spent last season at Ligue 2 side Nantes.

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