Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has revealed that he still harbours aspirations of getting into the France squad before next summer’s European Championships, he told Arsenal Player.
Coquelin has been our first choice holding midfielder since the turn of the year and the 24-year-old is hoping that his performances for us will catch Didier Deschamps attention.
The French national team has been struggling to find a consistent holding midfielder ever since Claude Makelele retired, with the likes of Yann M’villa, Alou Diarra and Yohan Cabaye all failing to convince in that role in recent years.
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“Every player wants to represent their country and the Euros in France is something massive for any French player to be a part of,” Coquelin told our media channel.
“To be part of the squad would be amazing but there are loads of things to do first and the most important thing is Arsenal.”
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Rather ironically, Coquelin may have to displace Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin in order to get into the French team, a player many fans wanted us to sign during the summer.
Though Coquelin is a fine tackler, he lacks the technical ability needed at international level in order to act as the deepest playmaker in the team.
At Arsenal, Wenger has partnered Santi Cazorla next to him for that exact reason and it may be why he has to wait for his international call-up.