36-year-old Lilian Thuram, France's record caps holder with 142 caps, announced his retirement from international football following France's loss to Italy in their final UEFA EURO 2008 group match, which eliminated Les Bleus from the tournament.

"This elimination is very difficult to take, it is even more difficult for me because it is my last match with France," said Thuram, who was left on the bench for the Italy match having been exposed during the 4-1 defeat by Holland.

"As for my future, I would like to continue to play but I don't know if a club wants me," added Thuram, who is wanted by ailing French giants Paris Saint Germain but is thought to be keen on a political career.

Others such as Patrick Vieira and goalkeeper Gregory Coupet are thought to be considering retiring.

However, Thierry Henry, France's record goalscorer with 45 in 102 matches, said he wasn't going to make an instant decision.

"Yes, of course, I want to continue," said the 30-year-old, who had a miserable first season with Barcelona.

"I had already said that it had crossed my mind (retiring), but I am here.

"I don't know what is going to happen but I am going to reflect on what I am going to do."

Veteran France international midfielder Claude Makelele also confirmed his international retirement on Tuesday.