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Defender “Manchester United” Raphael Varane is leaving the French national team

Defender “Manchester United” Raphael Varane is leaving the French national team

Raphael Varane announced his retirement from the French career at the age of 29.

The Manchester United the defender won World Cup with France in 2018 and helped them reach the finals of last year’s tournament.

Warne said on his Instagram: “Representing our great country for ten years has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

“Every time I put on that special blue shirt, I felt a huge sense of pride, an obligation to give everything, to play from the heart and to win every time we stepped on the pitch.

“I thought about it for a few months and decided it was time for me to retire.”

After making his debut in 2013, Varane represented France’s first team for nine years. He made 93 appearances for the national team, scoring five goals.

In a statement, he paid tribute to his teammates, his manager and the fans.


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Varane continued: “This victory that we won together would never have been possible without the support of Didier Deschamps, every member of the management and our staff over the years, my teammates who have defended our shirt at every match we have played.

“But more importantly, this victory would not have been possible without the support of each and every one of you along the way.

“Your enthusiasm, celebrations and memories of our return to France will forever remain in my memory.

“Even after losing the final last year, with obviously a great run, you gave us a hero’s welcome when we came back. Thank you a thousand times to each of you!”

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