Raphaël Varane and the Blues, it's over.
The central defender has decided to hang up his international cleats after a magnificent career with the France team punctuated by the title of world champion in 2018. Here are, of his 93 selections in Blue, the five who have marked us the most.
Georgia - France (March 22, 2013): the great beginnings
Raphaël Varane was not yet 20 when he was called up to the French team by Didier Deschamps.
Aligned alongside Mamadou Sakho in central hinge, the Real Madrid defender discovers the Stade de France for the first time during a match against Georgia.
The tricolor victory 3 goals to 1 perfectly launches his story with the Blues.
Note that this evening also marks the debut of his friend, Paul Pogba, also new to the selection.
4 days later, he bluffs everyone against Spain, the best team at the moment, by performing a solid match despite the narrow defeat (0-1).
Ukraine - France (November 19, 2013): the first big night
Second in their group behind Spain still at the top, the French team must go through the play-offs if they want to see Brazil and participate in the 2014 World Cup. Les Bleus, defeated 2-0 in the first leg four days earlier in kyiv, have their backs against the wall.
Laurent Koscielny suspended, Didier Deschamps decides to completely shake up his hinge and place Eric Abidal on the bench.
History especially retains Mamadou Sakho, the hero of the Stade de France, author of an improbable double to send the Blues to Brazil (victory 3-0).
But that evening, we must salute the performance of Raphaël Varane, imperial defensively throughout the meeting.
The native of Lille is about to experience his first World Cup at the age of 21.
Thanks for everything 💙🤍♥️ pic.twitter.com/FUk4zZWFpt
— Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) February 2, 2023
France - Germany (July 4, 2014): Brazilian disillusionment
A gala poster at the Maracana in Rio: the Blues face the Nationalmannschaft in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Raphaël Varane, still aligned alongside Mamadou Sakho in defense, has the heavy task of containing Miroslav Klose, the experienced striker of the German 11th.
A mission that he succeeds perfectly.
But history only remembers the aerial duel he lost half an hour into the game: on an off-center free kick, Toni Kroos put the ball on the head of Mats Hummels who beat Hugo Lloris with a header under bar.
Raphaël Varane, marking, is beaten by the trigger of the German defender.
The Blues are eliminated and tears can flow.
France - Uruguay (July 6, 2018): the decisive helmet blow
Four years after the Brazilian disappointment, Raphaël Varane is again playing in the quarterfinals of the World Cup after missing the Euros through injury two years earlier.
Uruguay stands in its way and the just four-time winner of the Champions League (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018) does not intend to miss his chance.
While the game is balanced, the defender takes advantage of a caviar from Antoine Griezmann on a free kick to deceive Fernando Muslera, the Uruguayan goalkeeper, with an uncrossed header.
The advantage is taken and the Blues reach the semi-finals (2-0).
The road to the second star is traced.
France - Argentina (December 18, 2022): the cruellest
Injured less than 3 weeks before the announcement of the list of Didier Deschamps for the World Cup in Qatar, his presence in the group is strongly compromised.
Restored in extremis, the Manchester United player is finally retained in the 26. He remains on the bench against Australia before making his return against Denmark, from the second group match.
Holder all the rest of the competition (except during the 1/2 final against Morocco), he therefore honors his last and last cape against Argentina in the final before leaving, crippled with cramps, at 113 minutes from the encounter.
His last image with the Blues.