Steve Mandanda to be France's No.1, for now

Les Bleus
06/10/2019

Hugo Lloris has pulled out injured from the France squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, making Olympique de Marseille captain Steve Mandanda the first choice goalkeeper.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Lloris has a dislocated elbow so LOSC's Mike Maignan has been added to the squad, completing the trio of goalkeepers along with Real Madrid's Paris Saint-Germain-owned Alphonse Areola.

Welcome return

It is a welcome return to prominence to Mandanda, who missed France's wins over Albania and Andorra last month despite having proved his match fitness after a torn muscle with OM at the start of the season.

Watch: Mandanda with one (two!) of the saves of the season in Week 8 (skip to 1:03)

"Steve's had a very good level since the beginning of the season," Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps said of the shot-stopper, who has kept three clean sheets in the league. "He's an influential player who has important experience which is why I made the decision to bring him back for these two games."

Pedigree

Mandanda has turned out 28 times for his country since his debut in 2008, and was part of the squad that won the FIFA World Cup in Russia last summer, where he kept another clean sheet against Denmark in the group stage.

 

>> PLAYER PROFILE: Steve Mandanda

>> CLUB PROFILE: Olympique de Marseille








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