The in form Manchester United center back, Raphael Varane has retired from the France National team following a decade of patriotism and selflessness.
Raphael Varane, 29 has announced his retirement from the Les Blues.
The former Real Madrid stalwart won the World Cup with France in 2018 and was also part of Didier Deschamps’ team that reached the finals of the 2022 Fifa World in Qatar.
Varane said on his Instagram “Representing our great country for a decade has been on effect 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 I’ve been contemplating this for several months and have decided it’s the right time for me to retire internationally”.
Varane has been representing the France national team for 10 years after making his debut in 2013. He made 93 appearances for Les Blues scoring five goals.
Varane however paid tribute to his manager, team-mates and fans in his statement.
” this victory that we won together would never have been possible without Didier Deschamps, of each of the members of our management and staff during these years, of my teammates who defended our shirt at each of our matches.
“But more importantly this victory would not not have been possible without the support of each of you along this path.
“Your enthusiasms, the celebrations and the memories of our return to France will remain etched in my mind forever.
“Even after the defeat in the final last year, with certainly a great run, you welcomed us as heroes when we returned. To each and everyone of you, a thousand times thank you”.