Didier Deschamps has shown, once again, that he has a personal problem with Alexandre Lacazette by leaving him out of the France side yet again, calling up Wissam Ben Yedder instead.
I’m not sure I can think of a national team on the planet that would leave Alexandre Lacazette out of their team if the forward was fit yet, here we are once again, with the France manager ignoring the Arsenal man.
This season Ben Yedder has one goal in 132 minutes while Lacazette has one in 80, but we know form has nothing to do with it.
Speaking back in October, Deschamps tried to explain Lacazette’s non-selection by saying, “There is competition for each position.
“When the players who were at the World Cup are performing well… It is not a question of type of player, but of position. I need balance in the squad and he is a central attacker. He must continue.”
Must he, Didier? Because it doesn’t seem to matter what he does, you just won’t pick him.
Lacazette has not played for France since a friendly against Germany in November 2017. In that game, he scored both of France’s goals yet his entire international career amounts to just 624 minutes of playing time.
That seems a remarkably low number for a player who scored 100 league goals (with 32 assists) in 203 games for Lyon and has 37 (with 18 assists) in 90 for Arsenal. Overall, Lacazette has a career total of 166 goals and 61 assists in 365 games.
Still, that’s not good enough for Deschamps.
A while back on a Daily Cannon podcast special, French football expert, Lana Dawood spoke about the issues Deschamps has with Lacazette and it certainly has nothing to do with his form on the pitch.
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Full France squad
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (Lille).
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Clement Lenglet (FC Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).
Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven Nzonzi (Galatasaray), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern).
Attackers: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern), Nabil Fekir (Betis Sevilla), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona), Jonathan Ikoné (Lille), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid).