Raphael Varane (29, Manchester United) of the French national team takes off the national team uniform.
Baran said on the 2nd (Korean time) through social network service (SNS), “After thinking about it for several months, I decided that now is the right time to retire from the national team.”
He went on to add, “Representing France for 10 years has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Every time I wear the blue jersey, I feel immense pride.” 스포츠토토
He also recalled winning the World Cup in Russia, saying, “I still feel all the emotions of July 15, 2018. It was the most amazing and memorable moment in my life.”
Born in 1993, Baran made his A-match debut against Georgia in March 2013 in a European qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and played a total of 93 matches (5 goals) for the national team until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Having played three World Cups in total, he won the 2018 Russia Championship with France and the runner-up in Qatar.
After thanking national team coach Didier Deschamps, teammates and French fans, Varane explained that the next generation should lead the national team now.
“It’s time to hand it over to a new generation. We have talented young players who are ready to take over the team,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the French national team is expected to undergo a generational change in earnest. Following goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) and veteran striker Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), even Baran announced his retirement from the national team, and many young players are expected to join.