Speaking in a press conference, Didier Deschamps has confirmed that AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan (27) is France’s new number-one goalkeeper.
The position has been up for grabs since Hugo Lloris’ (35) retirement from international retirement. The Tottenham Hotspur, who is France’s most capped player of all time, confirmed his decision to stop playing for Les Bleus in the wake of France’s World Cup final defeat at the hands of Argentina in Qatar in December.
It had been widely expected that Maignan would inherit the position between the sticks, and so it has proved. The former Lille OSC goalkeeper currently only has five France caps to his name, but that number should rise dramatically following Deschamps’ remarks on Monday.
“The number one position is Mike Maignan’s. I am going to have discussions as well. There will be a hierarchy. It’s important,” said Deschamps in a conference, transcribed by RMC Sport.
West Ham United goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and RC Lens’ Brice Samba have also been called up by Deschamps for the upcoming matches against The Netherlands and Ireland. FC Nantes’ Alban Lafont, Leeds United’s Illan Meslier, and Lille’s Lucas Chevalier are also on the periphery of the discussion and are expected to push Maignan in the coming months and years.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle