Man Utd And France Star Raphael Varane Retires From International Football

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from international football at the age of just 29.

Varane won the World Cup with France in 2018 and was in the side beaten by Argentina in last year's final.

With 93 caps, he was one of the most experienced members of Didier Deschamps' squad and was tipped to take over as captain when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris announced his own retirement last month.

Instead, former Real Madrid centre-back Varane has decided the time is also right for him to step aside and concentrate on club duties.

Varane, who made his international debut in 2013, wrote on Instagram: "Representing our great country for a decade has been one of the greatest honours of my life.

"Each time I wore this special blue jersey, I felt immense pride. The duty to give everything, to play with my heart and to win every time we enter the field.

"I have been thinking about it for several months and decided that it was the right time for me to retire from international football." 

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