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Liverpool defender Konate earns first call to France senior squad; Varane out

Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate has earned a first call to France's senior squad.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a stellar first season at Anfield, settling in at the heart of Liverpool's defence and helping to keep a clean sheet in both domestic cup finals - Carabao Cup and FA Cup - that the Reds won.

The 23-year-old has now been rewarded for his performances with a call-up to the France squad ahead of their upcoming Nations League clashes.

The French Football Federation announced that Manchester United's Raphael Varane has suffered a muscular pain in his left thigh which rules him out for the next three games.

Konate has been called up to the senior squad for their upcoming Nations League Group A1 clashes against Croatia and Austria.

The World Cup holders lost 2-1 to Denmark on Friday as Andreas Cornelius scored twice to cancel out Karim Benzema's opening goal.

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