France and Manchester United defender Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football
Raphaël Varane has announced his retirement from the national team after playing 93 international matches for France and winning a World Cup medal.
The gorgeous centre-back, who plays club football for Premier League giants Manchester United, is only 29 years old. helped lift the UEFA Nations League crown in 2021 and helped them to the global glory in 2018 and also reaching another World Cup final in 2022.
Le Parisien was the first to report that Varane is stepping away from the French national team, following in the footsteps of compatriot Hugo Lloris. A busy schedule of domestic and international football is believed to be taking its toll on the former Real Madrid defender and he now wants to spend more time with his family.
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Varane officially announced his international retirement in an Instagram post.
“Representing our great country for 10 years is one of the greatest honors of my life. I thought about it for a few months and decided it was the right time to retire internationally. I will surely miss these moments with you, but it’s time for a new generation to take over. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ”