Thursday March 14 2013
Varane called up by France

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has been called up to France’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain.

The 19-year-old has been included in the senior set-up before, but has yet to debut for Les Bleus.

Following on from encouragement from boss Didier Deschamps, though, the player is once more in contention, having been named for the latest squad for late March’s qualifiers, including a crucial meeting in Paris against Spain.

Varane has been in a notable run of form for Madrid, including starring in recent wins over Barcelona.

Karim Benzema is also called up, but Adil Rami is absent, as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.

France squad to face Georgia and Spain: Mickaël Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marsella), Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Patrice Evra (Manchester United) Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Christophe Jallet (PSG), Mamadou Sakho (PSG), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Newcastle), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marsella), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Groud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon), Jérémy Menez (PSG), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Loïc Rémy (Queens Park Rangers).

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