If France’s 2018 World Cup triumph wasn’t impressive enough, it is easy to forget that Didier Deschamps’s side conquered the globe without a natural full-back in their starting XI.
With Benjamin Pavard on the right and Lucas Hernandez on the left, it’s no real surprise that Les Blues kept four clean sheets in seven matches on Russian soil.
But if Deschamps can harness the creative talents of Lucas Digne, his star-studded French side could be even more fearsome going into Euro 2020.
While Bayern Munich’s record signing Hernandez remains an awesome specimen of athleticism who honed his knife-between-the-teeth combativeness under the one and only Diego Simeone, Digne is the archetypal modern-day full-back who is arguably far better going forward than he is going back.
But what the Everton star lacks in defensive discipline, he more than makes up for in final-third quality. An £18 million signing from Barcelona in 2018 (Guardian), Digne has three assists in five games already for Everton this season and thumped a sensational free-kick into the top corner against Lincoln City in the EFL Cup.
And he was rewarded with a 26th France cap during Tuesday night’s comfortable 3-0 Euro 2020 qualifying victory against Andorra. But it seems that Digne still has much to do to win over each and every member of the famously demanding Les Blues fanbase.
Very good as usual— Mehdi Naitlho (@NaitlhoMehdi) September 10, 2019
Digne— Lacazette (@ClementSagna) September 10, 2019
France’s wing play is so point in this game. Dubois and Digne have made a great impression. Digne has been nothing but class since he left Barça.— Nono (@senoufo223) September 10, 2019
Lucas Digne is the worst French player of all time— false gods. (@chaeyonce) September 10, 2019
Coman and Ikone been excellent. Dubois very bright - crossing far better than Digne's. Griezmann as busy as ever but head seemed to go down a little after penalty miss.— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) September 10, 2019
Giroud has also forced an excellent save.
Not sure Lloris has had a touch.
Digne is so bad omg pls take him off— false gods. (@chaeyonce) September 10, 2019
Digne, is special like alonso a season or two ago— KA $m (@KabukuSimon) September 10, 2019
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