Didier Deschamps has just caused a big problem for West Ham United and we’ve been here before.
West Ham fans have been loving new boy Kurt Zouma after signing the centre back from Chelsea for £29 million.
Zouma was David Moyes’s prime target all summer at West Ham and it is easy to see why.
Chelsea fans have been left scratching their heads at the club’s decision to let the 26-year-old leave.
When West Ham signed Zouma he was a starter for France.
But it seems his decision to join the Hammers has already cost him his place – not just in the France team but the squad altogether.
Deschamps has left Zouma out of the France squad to face Belgium in the Nations League semi-final during the October international break.
The decision to drop Zouma as soon as he had signed for West Ham has concerned Moyes who said he hopes Deschamps has not turned his back on the defender.
“I would hope not because that’s why we are trying to challenge the top teams because I want to be right there at the top and those players can show they are good enough to play for the international teams,” Moyes said in his pre-Brentford press conference when the question of Zouma being dropped by France was put to him.
“Kurt has played really really well for us. He’s been a colossus in the games he has played so his form will not go unnoticed. I think it is a National League game so maybe that is a reason for it.
“Maybe it is the quality of the centre-halves France have got. When I signed him I knew we were taking a French international centre-half who have an incredible quality of centre-halves and he has not disappointed us from what we have seen so far.”
Well unfortunately for Zouma, Deschamps has previous when it comes to West Ham.
He persistently ignored calls for Dimitri Payet to be selected for France despite his scintillating form from the very start his West Ham career.
Indeed he even stated he felt Payet should have joined a ‘bigger club’ when he decided to leave Marseille.
After months of public pressure, both in England and France – coupled with Payet’s supreme form – Deschamps finally caved and called up the playmaker.
The then Hammers star went on to become a central figure in the side as France made it to the final of Euro 2016 where they lost to Portugal.
Issa Diop was brilliant for West Ham having signed from Toulouse in 2018 in a £22.5 million deal.
So much so Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho described him as a ‘monster’ and criticised scouts at his club for failing to spot Diop’s talent first.
But after being ignored by Deschamps despite representing France at every youth age group, Diop switched allegiance to Morocco.
Then there was Sebastien Haller.
Haller joined West Ham from Eintracht Frankfurt for a record £45 million.
And while the move never really worked out for West Ham or Haller, the forward actually made an effortless start to life in the Premier League.
The Frenchman scored three goals and provided as many assists in his first six games for the Hammers.
That was coming off the back of being statistically one of the best strikers in Europe with Frankfurt.
Calls for his inclusion were once again ignored by Deschamps, though, with the man Eric Cantona labelled ‘the water carrier’ publicly questioning Haller’s move to West Ham like he did with Payet.
Haller eventually gave up on his dream of playing for the French senior side by switching allegiance to Ivory Coast.
If Zouma loses his place long-term it could have ramifications for the Hammers.
If Zouma knows his international future is in jeopardy just because he does not play for a so-called elite club then it may end up affecting his form and his happiness.
And the suggestion from Moyes that Deschamps may be resting his top players simply does not add up.
Because it is a full strength squad including all the star names such as Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe (UEFA.com).