Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane has been the subject of criticism following France’s shock World Cup defeat to Tunisia.
With the reigning world champions already qualified for the last-16, Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps made nine changes to the side that beat Denmark 2-1 on Saturday.
Varane and Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni were the only French players to retain their place in the starting line-up for the clash against Jalel Kadri’s Tunisia.
The Eagles of Carthage shocked the holders with former Sunderland man Wahbi Khazri scoring the winner.
Raphael Varane criticised following France’s shock World Cup defeat to Tunisia
Varane, who was wearing the captain’s armband on his 89th cap for France, didn’t cover himself in glory when trying to stop Khazri and the way the Tunisia forward breezed past the 29-year-old will likely worry Deschamps.
Making just his second appearance since going off injured against Chelsea in October, Varane had admitted prior to the clash against Tunisia that he wasn’t 100% fit.
Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown, who was commentating on the game between France and Tunisia, was shocked at the four-time Champions League winner’s attempt to stop Khazri in his tracks.
Speaking on BBC, Keown said: “No one really comes to him. He takes it past Varane like he’s not there and then tucks into the corner.”
Varane’s attempt to thwart the former Black Cats man was rather feeble and it will likely raise concerns about whether he’s ready to lead France into the knockout stages.
But with France set to face Robert Lewandowski’s Poland in the last-16, Deschamps has to decide whether United’s number 19 is up to the task of keeping arguably the world’s best striker quiet.
Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri was an unused substitute against Varane’s France.