Deschamps full of praise for Varane

France national Coach Didier Deschamps has praised Raphael Varane after his performance for Real Madrid against Barcelona on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old defender put in a masterful display against the Blaugrana in the Copa del Rey semi-final last night – a game he though was his 'best ever'.

But the 44-year-old Les Bleus' boss has revealed that he didn't pick the youngster for his first national team squad because of the Clasico.

“I didn't decide [to pick him] yesterday,” Deschamps told reporters. “He may be a young player, but he's been playing a lot lately.”

France play Germany on February 6.

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