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Didier Deschamps Gives His Reason for Leaving Clement Lenglet Out of France Squad
90min
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:15

Didier Deschamps Gives His Reason for Leaving Clement Lenglet Out of France Squad

90min
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:15

​France manager Didier Deschamps has claimed Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet missed out on a call up to his latest France squad due to a lack of international experience.

Didier Deschamps Gives His Reason for Leaving Clement Lenglet Out of France Squad

The World Cup winning manager has admitted that Lenglet is knocking on the door for a call up, however for the upcoming European qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland, he has opted to go for experience rather than current form.
The 23-year-old centre back has established himself as a first team player at the Nou Camp since joining ​Barcelona from Sevilla in July 2018, making 33 appearances and scoring one goal in all competitions.
Deschamps has said on the omission of Lenglet (as quoted by ​Mundo Deportivo): "Within my logic to select players, experience, what I experienced, is an important criterion, to the disgrace of those who have not yet come never."
The national team manager then took a portion of the responsibility for Lenglets lack of opportunities for Les Blues stating: "Clement [Lenglet] does not have international experience yet, although it is a bit because of me."
Lenglet is yet to earn a cap for the senior French national team, with PSGs Presnel Kimpembe, ​Real Madrids ​Raphael Varane and ​Evertons Kurt Zouma picked ahead of him on this occasion, as well as his club teammate Samuel Umtiti.
With the abundance of talent available for selection for Didier Deschamps, there were plenty of other notable absentees from his squad announcement on Thursday.
​Arsenals ​Alexandre Lacazette and ​Manchester Citys Aymeric Laporte could also consider themselves unfortunate not to feature in Les Blues latest team following good form this season.