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Griezmann’s historic 84-game streak for France ends due to injury

Antoine Griezmann’s streak of playing in every France game since August 2017 has come to an end. An injury has sidelined the Atletico Madrid star, halting his record at 84 consecutive matches. It marks the end of the longest run of consecutive appearances in France’s history, a streak standing 40 games ahead of the previous best. Over this period, Griezmann contributed to the team’s success with 28 goals and 30 assists. He was key in France’s 2018 World Cup victory and their UEFA Nations League triumph, and was also part of the squad who reached the 2022 World Cup final.

Griezmann, who currently boasts 127 caps and 44 goals for France on the international scene, picked up the injury during Atletico Madrid’s heavy 0-3 home defeat at the hands of Barcelona at the weekend in LaLiga. His absence leaves big void to fill, as Griezmann has been France’s vice captain behind Kylian Mbappe. He will be replaced by Matteo Guendouzi for the upcoming fixtures. As a gesture of support, the French team pubslished a message of support to Griezmann, wishing him a speedy recovery.

This season the diminutive forward has played in 40 matches for club and country, with a return of 20 goals and 8 assists. In the only 2 games for France, Griezmann scored in the 2-1 win against Germany and provided an assist in the 4-1 dismantling of Scotland.