The Toffees loanee, who Marco Silva is seemingly keen to sign permanently from Chelsea, is in the latest Bleus squad.
Everton loanee Kurt Zouma has been called up to the France squad by Didier Deschamps for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland.
The on-loan Chelsea centre-back has been included in the World Cup winners’ latest contingent, one of eight defenders alongside Toffees teammate Lucas Digne.
Zouma, who has made 29 appearances for Everton this season (Transfermarkt), is one of four central defenders in the Bleus squad alongside Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Presnal Kimpembe.
Two CBs who missed the cut, however, are Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte and Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet, omissions which proved controversial amongst some neutral fans judging by some of the online reaction.
The French national team’s Twitter account posted a graphic with the squad news:
— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) March 14, 2019
Here is some of the reaction on the social media platform from a number of Goodison Park faithful:
Zouma and Digne in the French squad.
A World cup winning squad.
Proof that all this talk of ‘must join a top 4 side to progress for your country” is utter bollocks.
Fair play to them both playing in one of the worst Everton teams in our history.
— Mart (@EFCBlueBray) March 14, 2019
Zouma and Digne SIUUUUU https://t.co/y75osB8q55
— O (@EfcOlly) March 14, 2019
Zouma isn’t even Everton’s best centre back ffs
— Danny (@Danny_EFC_1) March 14, 2019
Digne and Zouma the best Frenchmen to ever grace the earth https://t.co/HOAhN9iasq
— Jack◢ ◤ (@JackEFC95) March 14, 2019
Zouma has been excellent mate to be fair he deserves his place
— koff evton (@nickwillo4efc) March 14, 2019
The 24-year-old, who Marco Silva is eager to sign permanently according to the Liverpool Echo, boasts upwards of 200 professional club appearances including 71 for Chelsea, 37 for Stoke City and 74 for Saint Etienne.