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Raphael Varane confident France will cope amid injury crisis

Raphael Varane, France, Iceland, Euro 2020
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Raphael Varane is confident the injury-stricken France have what it takes to cope ahead of Friday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland.

As one of the more senior members of the team, France will likely rely on Varane to step up ahead of two key Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland on Friday and Turkey three days later.

The world champions are currently level with Turkey at the top of Group H on 15 points. Third-place Iceland, meanwhile, are just three points adrift and will hope to make home advantage count on Friday to maintain their qualification hopes.

Boosting the Nordic nation’s prospects will be France’s injury woes having lost Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and captain Hugo Lloris. The latter, in fact, is set to remain on the sidelines until next year.

But Varane is confident Les Bleus still have enough quality in their squad to deliver some strong results over the international break.

“These are two very important games and playing in Iceland is never easy because it’s a great opportunity for them,” the Real Madrid defender told the French Football Federation website.

“Our captain will not be there and that will be a loss for us because he is a very important player.

“But we have a lot of important players and we have to show good character in order to qualify for the finals. We need solid matches and we need to play at a good level.”

Iceland, who lost 4-2 to Albania in their last qualifying match in September, will also be without their captain, Aron Einar Gunnarsson, due to injury.

The clash in Reykjavik between Iceland and France starts at 20:45 (CET).

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 06: Raphael Varane of France shows appreciation to the fans the UEFA Nations League Group A match between Germany and France at Allianz Arena on September 6, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)