Speaking at a press conference today, Didier Deschamps articulated on his decision to give Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte his first national team call-up.
“I did not sound out Laporte. He was with the U21s, therefore he was available for selection. He is free to refuse my call-up even though I doubt he will. I am not here to secure the future Aymeric Laporte for France, I have called him up because his time has come.”