And he will therefore have played more in the France team than in the Premier League this season.
While the injury carnage has not spared the goalkeeper position, Didier Deschamps confirmed this Saturday at a press conference that Alphonse Areola will start on Sunday in Copenhagen, against Denmark. The coach therefore respects the established hierarchy, while Alban Lafont and Steve Mandanda had been called up to compensate for the withdrawals of Hugo Lloris and Mike Maignan respectively. Entered at halftime of France-Austria (2-0), after the injury of the doorman of Milan, Areola is however not the goalkeeper who plays the most among the three present at the rally.
This season, at West Ham, the former Parisian has only played 60 minutes in the Premier League and has only started twice, in the Europa League Conference. Not a problem according to Deschamps: “In other selections, I see goalkeepers who are not club starters. And not to mention the others, even if it’s not in the same position, we had an example for a long time at home with Olivier Giroud. Alphonse has an experience with us, even if it is not huge. He did well against Austria apart from a badly controlled outing. Obviously, he yearns for more playing time at the club, but he has quality. And every time he played, he performed well. »
After all, he only conceded one goal for the Blues.