Deschamps: Heartbroken France Coach Reacts to Raphael Varane’s International Retirement
- Didier Deschamps has reacted to Raphael Varane's early retirement from France
- Varane's last cap for Les Bleus came in the 2022 World Cup final against Argentina
- The 29-year-old becomes the fourth member of France's 2018 World Cup-winning squad to retire from international football
France manager Didier Deschamps has expressed disappointment with Raphael Varane following the latter's decision to call time on his international career.
Varane announced his retirement from international football two months after finishing second with France at the 2022 World Cup.
The Manchester United defender blamed his early retirement on the overloaded fixture schedule which he described as 'suffocating', the Sun reports
His unexpected decision was greeted with shock across the football landscape with France coach Didier Deschamps voicing out his disappointment.
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“It’s not something that pleases me,“ he told RMC Sport.
Deschamps, who appeared frustrated by Varane's choice, added: “Only he knows why he took that decision.”
Varane was reportedly in line to be named as France's captain following the retirement of skipper Hugo Lloris but ended up disappointing his manager.
He becomes the fourth player from France's 2018 World Cup-winning team to hang his international boots after Steve Mandanda, Blaise Matuidi and Hugo Lloris.
Varane retires from France duty
French defender Raphael Varane has announced his international retirement from French duty at just 29 years, about three months after France lost the World Cup final to Argentina.
The 2018 winner made the unexpected announcement on his Instagram page and instantly got the football world talking as to why the retirement is coming early.
He won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia playing all seven games. He also made the finals of the 2016 European Championship while also winning the 2022 UEFA Nations League with Les Bleus.
Varane explains decision to retire
Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane has opened up for the first time on his shock decision to hang his international boots, Sports Brief earlier reported.
The 2018 World Cup winner stunned fans earlier in the week after he announced he was quitting the French national team aged just 29.
What made it even more shocking was reports claiming Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps was planning on making him captain of the national team.