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Varane For France Debut?

Rising Real Madrid star, Raphael Varane, is likely to make his senior debut for France this week.

The 15-cap French Under 21 defender has been a revelation for Los Blancos this season, with two towering performances against Barcelona catching the eye particularly.

With height, strength, intelligence, bravery and technical ability, Varane has all the attributes to succeed for club and country. And Real are grateful that French legend Zinedine Zidane foisted the 19-year-old upon them, when he had made just a handful of appearances for Lens.

Arsenal centre back, Laurent Koscielny, is in danger of missing France’s juicy World Cup qualifier against defending World and European champions Spain next week, if he picks up a yellow card against Georgia on Friday.

And so coach Didier Deschamps is likely to call on Varane to replace Koscielny in the starting line-up.

"There is always a risk," said Deschamps, regarding the likely debut for talented youngster Varane.

"But at some point he will have to start a game. Given his performances with Real, I'm not worried, although playing an international game with France is still another level.

"I think he can meet expectations."

Varane has twice been called up to play for Les Bleus, but missed out due to injury on both occasions.

He could be joined in the starting line-up on Friday night by another up-and-coming youngster, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, as Deschamps continues to build an impressive looking France for the future.

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