France defender Raphel Varane retires from international football

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

by Sead Dedovic
France defender Raphel Varane retires from international football

Raphael Varane has decided to retire from France International duty. He has many successes behind him, and certainly, the biggest one is winning the World Cup trophy in 2018. Varane emphasized how proud he is to have played for France and that there are many good memories behind him.

"Representing our great country for a decade has been one of the greatest honours of my life. Every 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 stepped on the field.

I've been thinking about this for several months and decided it was the right time for me to retire internationally.
As a child, I remember following France '98, this team, these players who made us live indescribable emotions.

I dreamed of being 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 emotion I felt that day, July 15, 2018.

It was one of the most amazing and memorable moments of my life."- Varane said.

Raphael Varane praised everyone

This great defender did not forget to praise Didier Deschamps, the staff and all those who participated in the success of France, but at the same time they were a huge support for everyone, so from Varane “This victory that we won together would never have been possible without the support of Didier Deschamps, each of the members of the management and our staff during these years, my team-mates who defended our jersey in each of our matches.
But more importantly, this victory would not have been possible without the support of each and every one of you along this path.
Your fervour, celebrations and memories of our return to France will remain forever etched in me."
- he continued.

Varane thanked the fans for their support. He believes that now is the time for some new generations and young players. “Even after the defeat in the final last year, with certainly a great course, you welcomed us as a hero when we returned.

To each and every one of you, a thousand times THANK YOU!
I will miss those moments with you for sure, but the time has come for the new generation to pick up the slack. We have a group of talented young players who are ready to take over, who deserve to have a chance and who need you.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Rapha”.