Deschamps: Lloris still number one

France manager Didier Deschamps has assured Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of his place in the national side despite not playing regularly for his club.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Lloris made the high-profile move from Lyon to Spurs during the summer but has found opportunities to play hard to come by, with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas favouring the veteran Spurs custodian Brad Friedel over the 25-year-old.

The lack of playing time afforded to Lloris proved a sore point of contention with Deschamps, who previously criticised Villas-Boas for choosing to omit the former Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year from the first team.

Despite pressure from Deschamps and Lloris himself, Villas-Boas has stubbornly stuck to Friedel as his first choice goalkeeper and Deschamps has revealed that he still does not understand the rationale behind the Portuguese's decision.

"His [Lloris] situation appears to me to be incomprehensible," Deschamps told ESPN.

"We are not talking about a young goalkeeper but a guy who has been the France keeper for several years, who has played dozens of matches in the Champions League. 

"The problem is that he jumped on the train when it had already left the station and he did not start the season.

"The English league had started when he signed in August.

"The really important thing is that a player speaks directly with his coach and if Hugo had done that, maybe he would not have signed for Tottenham. 

However, despite the lack of playing time, Deschamps declared that Lloris would still be his first choice goalkeeper for the national side, especially in light of the former Nice player's heroics against World and European champions Spain two weeks ago in their World Cup qualifier game.

"But as for the French team, he is not in danger," Deschamps added.

"He proved against Spain that he is a great keeper."

Lloris will be expected to take his place on the bench when Spurs will host Wigan Athletic in their next Premier League game.



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