Varane tips France’s women for global glory

Raphael Varane believes France's women can emulate their male counterparts by winning next summer's World Cup.

Raphael Varane believes France’s women can emulate their male counterparts by winning next summer’s World Cup.

Varane played a key role in helping Didier Deschamps’ side claim their second global title in Russia, bouncing back from losing out in the final of Euro 2016 on home soil.

The 25-year-old is now backing his country’s females to do the same, with the draw for the tournament, which will be held in France, taking place next Saturday.

Les Bleues made the quarter-finals four years ago in Canada but Varane believes the improvements they have made in the intervening period could lead to global glory next summer.

‘I think France are ready,’ he told ‘Women’s sport has come on in leaps and bounds and the tournament has all the makings of being a great one. The facilities are in place and the organisers will be ready.

‘For them to be playing a World Cup straight after our win couldn’t be better. To my mind, 2019 is a continuation of what happened in 2016 and 2018, and I hope things go as well for them, as they did for us.’