Varane made his debut for France in 2013 against Georgia. He was only nineteen years old at the time. In the following years, he played 92 more matches for his country and scored five goals. His international career was marked by many highlights.
The highlight was of course the 2018 World Cup win in Russia, as Varane himself said on social media: “I’ve had one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, a moment I’m really proud of. We won the cup and I will still do so.” “Never forget that. I always think emotionally about that day, July 15, 2018. That was one of the most wonderful and unforgettable moments of my life.”
Varane has suffered from injuries in recent years, and it is likely that his health played a role in the decision to retire from France. However, he did not mention in his farewell post the reason for ending his international career.
“Representing this wonderful country for over a decade has been the great honor of my life. Every time I put on that blue kit was something special and I felt very proud. I thought about it and decided it was the right thing to do,” the Manchester United player said. “The time is right to retire as an international player.”
A wave of retirees in France
Varane is certainly not the only French player who will not continue as an international player with France after losing the World Cup final to Argentina. Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Blaise Matuidi and Karim Benzema also abandon Martin. However, all of these players are over 35 years old, so Varane’s retirement comes as a much bigger surprise.
This means that national coach Didier Deschamps will start the European Championship qualifying series with a noticeably revamped squad. France is located in Group B with the Netherlands, Greece, Ireland and Gibraltar, and France will play against the Dutch team led by coach Ronald Koeman on March 24 and October 13.