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  • Updated: February 02, 2023

Varane Retires From France National Team

World Cup winner Raphael Varane has announced his retirement from the France national team aged 29.

The news of his retirement is coming on the heels of earlier reports which suggested that the 29-year-old is set to retire due to physical and mental exhaustion.

Varane won the World Cup with France in 2018 and reached the 2022 FIFA World Cup final in Qatar.

The Manchester United centre-back announced his retirement in a lengthy statement on Instagram after representing Les Bleus for a decade.

"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," he wrote on Instagram.

Varane stated that winning the world cup with France in 2018 was a beautiful experience that made him proud as it was his childhood dream. 

"As a child, I remember following France 98, this team, these players who made us experience indescribable emotions. 

"I dreamed of doing like our heroes and, 20 years later, I had one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, one that made me really proud.

"We brought the Cup home!! "I will never forget it. 

"I still feel every single emotion I felt that day, July 15, 2018. It was one of the greatest and most memorable moments of my life.

The defender thanked Didier Deschamps, backroom staff, teammates and the fans for the role they all played in ensuring that France emerged victorious in 2018.

"This victory that we won together would never have been possible without the support of Didier Deschamps, of each of the members of the management and our staff during these years, and of my teammates who played for our shirt at each of our matches.

"But more importantly, this victory would not have been possible without the support of each of you along this path. 

"Your enthusiasm, 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, after a great run, you welcomed us as heroes when we returned. 

"To each and every one of you, a thousand times THANK YOU!

"I will miss these moments with you for sure, but the time has come for the new generation to take over. 

"We have a group of talented young players who are ready to take over, who deserve a chance and who need you.

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Rapha," he added.

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