Claudio Ranieri says Deschamps 'must try' Leicester's Kante

Leicester's Claudio Ranieri is confident N'Golo Kante can replicate his Premier League form on the international stage.


Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has urged French coach Didier Deschamps to give midfielder N'Golo Kante a chance to shine for his country.

Kante, who has been a revelation since arriving from Caen in the summer, earned a first international call up on Thursday, further strengthening his reputation as an impressive midfield enforcer.

The 24-year-old's performances have been widely credited as being a key part of Leicester's unlikely title challenge this season, but Ranieri insists he is not surprised to see him get the nod.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Crystal Palace, Ranieri told Omnisport Video: “N’Golo Kanté understood immediately the tempo and rhythm of the Premier League. He is a strong player.”

"Deschamps has very good midfielders, but I think he understands what Kante can do."

Despite their ongoing title challenge, Ranieri insists the experience of joining up with the French team will prove beneficial both for Kante and the club.

"It is very good for everybody, because he is still very young and it's a good experience. The squad at France is a very good squad.

"But it's also important that Deschamps try him and that he understands how he can link with the other midfielders."

Kante will travel with his new international team mates to Amsterdam next week ahead of their friendly with the Netherlands on Friday March 25th, before they head back to Paris for the visit of Russia four days later.

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