With a World Cup and 93 caps to his name, Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from international football.
The centre-back, renowned for his composure and footballing IQ, has made a massive impact for France. But after dedicating nine years to his nation, he’s ready to take a step back and focus on his club career with Manchester United.
Through saving the team’s skin on more than one occasion with his supreme tackling ability, the player has earned his place as a French legend. The player who scored five goals for his country, contributed to an incredible World Cup win in 2018, an achievement he will hold dear to his heart for the rest of his life.
And while France failed to retain their title after losing in the 2022 final against Argentina, Varane’s contributions will never be forgotten.
Raphael Varane discusses his international retirement
In a statement, the reminiscent defender said: “Representing our great country for a decade has been one of the greatest honours of my life.
“Every time I wore this very special blue jersey, I felt immense pride. The duty to give it all, play my heart out and win every time we put on the field.
“I’ve been contemplating this for several months and deciding it’s the right time for me to retire internationally.”
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He continued: “As a child, I remember following France 98, this team, these players who made us experience indescribable emotions.
“I dreamed of being one of our heroes, and 20 years later, I lived one of the best experiences of my life, one that made me really proud. We brought home the Cup!
“I will never forget it. I still feel every single one of the emotions felt on that day, July 15, 2018. That was one of the most amazing and memorable moments of my life.”
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