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France captain Renard to miss Women's World Cup to 'protect mental health'

France captain Wendie Renard has announced that she will not play in this year's Women's World Cup to "protect her mental health".

Renard is arguably France's greatest women's footballer having played 142 internationals and scored 34 goals for the side

She has also been prolific in domestic football, winning 15 league titles and eight Champions League trophies with Lyon.

Although Renard stopped short of retiring, she said she no longer felt able to play for the national team.

A statement on social media said: "I love France more than anything, I am not perfect, far from it, but I can no longer accept the current system which is far away from the demands required at the highest level.

"It's a sad day but a necessary one to protect my mental health. It's with a heavy heart that, with this message, I inform you of my decision to take a step back from the France team

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