Didier Deschamps thinks Alexandre Lacazette can do more for the French national team now that he’s being given more playing time.
The France manager says Lacazette needs to step up his game for his country, telling reporters: “Alex knows he can do better. He has had a little more playing time lately,” reports Tribal Football.
“It’s up to him to do the maximum, like every player. The international level demands even higher requirements but if I select him, it is because I have confidence in him. I know he can do good things. He can do better, he knows it.”
Lacazette and Olivier Giroud’s fortunes seem to reverse at club and international level. Whilst Giroud only has three goals from 17 appearances for Arsenal, he never struggles to perform for France. Meanwhile, Lacazette has six goals in 11 appearances at club level, but he can’t get a goal for Les Bleus.
The latter did prove his worth against Germany in Tuesday’s friendly, however, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw. It’ll leave him in a good position when it comes to squad selection for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next year.
And with another goal for the Gunners in their last game, this time against the league leaders Manchester City, the club-record signing has proven he can deliver. Hopefully he shows it again against Tottenham this weekend.
To have scored and created 172 goals in 275 games for former side Olympique Lyonnais, Lacazette can surely prove to his France manager that he deserves a regular starting berth. He’s netted only three goals in 16 so far, but his confidence will be high after his brace.