“It gives me great pride,” said Varane. “It comes with great responsibility too.”
The 21-year-old first wore the captain’s armband against Serbia last autumn and became France’s youngest-ever captain in the post-war period.
France’s regular captain Hugo Lloris, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur in England, is out due to a knee injury. He needed stitches after colliding with one of his teammates shortly after kickoff against Leicester on 22 March.
During Saturday’s press conference, Deschamps played down France’s defeat to Brazil and looked ahead to playing against Denmark, a team he described as having a “different profile”.
“When you’ve had a bad performance, sometimes you have to wait for a long time. This is just three days,” the French coach said.
- France v Denmark
- Scotland v Gibraltar
- Ireland v Poland
- Georgia v Germany
- Northern Ireland v Finland
- Romania v Faroe Islands
- Hungary v Greece
- Albania v Armenia
- Portugal v Serbia