Sat 04 February 2023 | 14:50

Varane cites the reason for his France retirement

Manchester United center back rues the “suffocating” schedule of elite football as the reason for his France retirement.

Recently, Raphael Varane alongside several other senior members of the


squad announced their retirements from international duty, and now Varane cites the “suffocating” schedule he had to keep up with as the reason why.

The United defender has 93 caps to his name, having reached 2 World Cup finals and a Euros final with France as well as being crowned world champions in 2018. With only 29 years of age, Varane could’ve had a couple of other important tournaments under his belt but he thinks elite football is too demanding.

"I gave everything, physically and mentally," 


told Canal Plus.

"But the very highest level is like a washing machine, you play all the time and you never stop.

"We have overloaded schedules and play non-stop. Right now, I feel like I'm suffocating and that the player is gobbling up the man."

Varane joins Matuidi, Mandanda, Lloris and Adil Rami as the 2018 World Cup winners who all retired from international duty.



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