Raphaël Varane: France defender set to be a leader – or is he too nice?

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The Real Madrid centre-back spoke about John Keynes’s macroeconomic theories in interviews before he was 18 – but is he ruthless enough to take France all the way?

This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.

On the eve of an under-21 friendly against Spain in March 2011 Raphaël Varane was the kind of player who could talk about “Emile Durkheim and the social bond” or John Keynes’s macroeconomic theories and bring a touch of humour into the conversation by telling his interlocutor “Keynes is more fun”.

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