Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from international football after 93 caps for France and a World Cup medal.
- Was part of the French national team.
- Varan officially announced the end of his international career.
- He made his international debut against the Georgian national team in March 2013.
The centre-back, who plays for Manchester United, is only 29 years old. However, he has been part of the France national team since 2013 and helped them to success in 2018, as well as capturing the UEFA Nations League crown in 2021.
Varane follows the example of his compatriot Hugo Lloris, leaving the French team. The former Real Madrid defender is believed to be taking a toll on a busy domestic and international football schedule and now wants to spend more time with his family.
Varane officially announced his retirement from international career in an Instagram post :
“Representing our great country for a decade has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I thought about it for a few months and decided it was time for me to retire internationally. I will miss these moments of course you, but it’s time for a new generation to take charge. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Varane made his international debut against Georgia in March 2013 and was a key player in the French national team until they defeated Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final.