Didier Deschamps doesn’t like Alex Lacazette. We have to assume that at this point because once again the France head coach has decided to overlook our striker.
Laca was left out of the squad for the World Cup last year and hasn’t played for his country since November 2017 when he scored a brace in a friendly against Germany.
Granted, he was injured for a portion of that period at the tail-end of last season and Les Bleus are blessed with some other reasonably good forwards, but still, you’d imagine Laca’s 13 goals and 10 assists this season might have caught Didier’s imagination.
The seven attackers who have made the cut, include Wissam Ben Yedder (Seville), Kingsley Coman (Bayern), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG) and Florian Thauvin (Marseille). There are actually no Arsenal players in the squad, something we’re still getting used to after years of Gallic Gunners.
Asked about the situation in his press conference this afternoon, Deschamps said: “There is no reason why we won’t seem him again soon. I had a difficult choice to make. [Ben Yedder] has scored an enormous amount of goals this season.”
France have three upcoming fixtures. A friendly with Bolivia a couple of days after our Europa League final. That’s followed by two Euro 2020 qualifier with Turkey on 8 June and Andorra three days later.
By that point, Lacazette and Aubameyang will have been photographed yachting about the Mediterranean with the Europa League trophy. Well, we hope so anyway…