‘If a player is available for his club, it is normal that they be part of this squad’: France boss Didier Deschamps risks new row with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard over fitness of N’Golo Kante as he selects him for international duty
- N’Golo Kante has been included in France’s latest squad by Didier Deschamps
- Kante has endured a frustrating season, being restricted to just six appearances
- The ever-reliable French midfielder has struggled with an ankle injury
Kante has endured a frustrating start to the season as he has been restricted to just six appearances in all competitions after suffering an ankle injury.
However, the Frenchman has recovered from the injury and was an unused substitute during Chelsea’s enthralling 4-4 draw to Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
N’Golo Kante has been included in France’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers
France manager Didier Deschamps has risked a new row with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
On Thursday afternoon, the ever-reliable midfielder was named in the France squad to face Moldova and Albania in their Euro 2020 qualifiers during the upcoming international break.
And Deschamps claimed that Lampard can have no complaints about including Kante in his squad.
Speaking about Lampard, Deschamps said: ‘I haven’t spoken to him. NG has taken time to recover, he was back in training last week, in their squad for the Champions League.
Lampard has been without the services of Kante for the majority of the season so far
‘He is back to full fitness. If a player is available for his club, it is normal that they be part of this squad.’
Lampard was left furious with Deschamps after Kante was called up to the France squad during the last international break.
The midfielder didn’t play a part in the games due to his injury problems but France wouldn’t release him back to Cobham.