Anthony Lopes reveals that he has left the Portugal national team - for now
Portugal and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes has spoken about his decision to take a break from his international career.
The 28-year old has decided that he wants to have more time to focus on his club career with Lyon, while also opening up the chance to spend more time with his family.
Lopes, born in France, has played for Portugal just 7 times in his career, unable to knock current Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio from his spot as undisputed number one choice.
"I put the National Team on hold. I want to be with my family and focused on my role as a father and at Lyon."
"It is a crucial time for my future and I made this decision after talking to the coach after the World Cup."
It explains why he hasn't been included in any of Portugal's recent squads for the UEFA Nations League, Tondela's Claudio Ramos chosen as his replacement.
Lopes has been in terrific form for Lyon this campaign, having played 21 Ligue 1 matches in addition to all six of Lyon's Champions League fixtures.
Overall Lopes has played 280 times for Lyon, having played for the French club since he was just 10 years old.