Alexandre Lacazette says France call-up would be “a nice surprise”

Alexandre Lacazette (31) was on the scoresheet again for Olympique Lyonnais on Friday. The former Arsenal striker equalised against Nantes yesterday to spare Les Gones’ blushes against the 14th-placed Ligue 1 side.

Lacazette’s return to his formative club has been thus far successful. The Lyon-born forward has scored an impressive tally of 21 goals in all competitions in 28 games played. Such a form would surely be worthy of an international call-up, but Lacazette’s last France cap dates back to late 2017 and a friendly game against Germany, during which Lacazette scored a brace. He hasn’t been called up by Didier Deschamps since. 

Lacazette’s international record is quite underwhelming. He scored only three goals in 16 games played and was never called up for an international tournament with Les Bleus. With France packed with young attacking players such as Kylian Mbappé, Randal Kolo Muani, Christopher Nkunku or Marcus Thuram, the 31-year-old’s international days are probably over, and he is the first to admit it. “If Deschamps calls me up, it would be a nice surprise because it’s been a while since my last call-up”, said Lacazette to RMC Sport. The 31-year-old’s sole focus is on his performances with Lyon and with a France return unlikely. 

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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