What French World Cup winner Didier Deschamps just did proves West Ham United are absolutely massive as duo get recalls.
West Ham fans were left baffled when £29 million summer signing Kurt Zouma was dropped from the last France squad.
That was despite the towering centre back having not put a foot wrong for the Hammers since joining from Chelsea.
Zouma had been a fixture in Deschamps’s France starting XI until his move to West Ham.
What World Cup winner just did proves West Ham are absolutely massive as duo get recalls
But he was inexplicably dropped for the October squad much to the bemusement of West Ham supporters.
What Deschamps just did proves West Ham are absolutely massive, though.
Because not only has Zouma been deservedly recalled for the November internationals, but West Ham teammate Alphonse Areola has also reclaimed one of the three goalkeeper spots too.
Many West Ham fans feared Deschamps may snub Zouma because he wasn’t playing Champions League football or for one of the so-called elite clubs.
But the fact he and West Ham’s current number two Areola are back in what is arguably the best international squad on the planet shows how far the Hammers have come.
Areola has been superb in the Europa League and Carabao Cup for West Ham and is yet to concede a single goal in four games.
That included a man of the match performance in the Carabao Cup win over Man City last week.
There is no doubt both players deserve their call-ups. Whether Man United star Raphael Varane’s latest injury had a big say in Zouma’s recall we don’t know.
But the West Ham duo will now be involved as France look to consolidate their place at the top of their World Cup qualifying group and seal their place in Qatar with games against Kazakhstan and Finland.
David Moyes has said on several occasions that he gets a real buzz seeing his players earn international recognition.
So he will undoubtedly be delighted.
West Ham are massive. And World Cup winning player and manager Deschamps just proved it.
France squad for November internationals:
GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Alphonse Areola (West Ham United), Benoît Costil (Girondins de Bordeaux).
DEF: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Kurt Zouma (West Ham United), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (Milan), Lucas Digne (Everton), Jules Koundé (Sevilla).
MID: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille), Aurélien Tchouameni (Monaco), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus).
ATT: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen).