Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte earns long awaited call-up to France senior squad… as Didier Deschamps drops injury-troubled N’Golo Kante after Frank Lampard’s plea
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has earned a long-awaited international call-up for France’s senior squad for two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers – but injury-troubled N’Golo Kante is left out.
The 25-year-old defender was last summoned for international duty in 2017 but is yet to be handed his first cap.
Laporte had regularly featured for France’s international youth sides, but was sidelined by boss Didier Deschamps because of a fractured relationship between the two.
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has received a long-awaited call-up for France
FRANCE’S 23-MAN SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Alphonse Areola, Mike Maignan
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Leo Dubois, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Aymeric Laporte, Kurt Zouma, Lucas Hernandez, Lucas Digne
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, Steven Nzonzi, Moussa Sissoko
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Nabil Fekir, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Lemar, Jonathan Ikone, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder
However, the centre half’s stellar form at the Etihad now means he is set to finally make his senior debut.
N’Golo Kante was a surprise absentee from the 23-man squad, after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard implored France to drop the midfielder amid concerns over several injury setbacks.
Kante has struggled to regular match action since the tail end of last season, and was subsequently benched for the Premier League opener at Manchester United after falling short in a race to be fit.
He has made a handful of appearances under Lampard so far, but missed out entirely on the trip to Norwich because of a sprained ankle picked up at Old Trafford.
The string of concerns led to the new Blues boss appealing to Deschamps to allow Kante to remain at the club and continue rehabilitation during the international break.
‘It is a difficult one. He has had four years of constantly playing,’ Lampard had said.
N’Golo Kante was a notable absentee, however, amid concerns over a long-term knee injury
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had appealed to France to leave the midfielder out of the squad
‘[The] injury from the Europa League final has affected his pre-season. Then he hurt himself against Man United.
‘We are trying to get him through it. The international break will be great for him to get the injury right. It would be great for everybody [if Kante stays] because he’s been playing game after game after game.’
France take on Albania and Andorra in successive Euro 2020 qualifiers next month, with Les Bleus currently sitting at the summit of Group H.