Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, who is currently on loan with Stoke City has got a national team call up to replace an injured Raphael Varane. The France coach Didier Deschamps has given him a nod for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
Zouma is currently on loan with Potters as Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has no immediate plans for him, but the lanky defender is good enough to be called up for France, that definitely speaks about his volumes.
The centre-back, 22, will replace Real Madrid’s Varane, who has an adductor injury, in the French squad for the qualifier at home to Netherlands on Thursday and next Sunday’s crucial tie against Luxembourg.
Raphael Varane was withdrawn from the squad due to Zidane’s complain about his injury and that means the former Saint Etienne man will join Kimpembe, Samuel Umtiti and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the squad as centre back options.
Zouma so far has played all the Premier League games for Stoke and his new manager has hailed his role in the Potters squad.
Zouma made his France debut back in 2015 against Denmark and since then has managed to feature only once more for Les Blues, but this surely is an opportunity for him to make his way back and cement a place in the national team squad.
Even Zouma cleared that he wants to push for a place in the 2018 World Cup team and that is a reason why he joined Stoke. “I hope to play the World Cup. That’s a goal for me, that’s why I came here [to Stoke] to push for a place. We’ll see what happens.”
“You know France have talented players in every position, there are a lot of them, so you really have to show that you can be among them.”
But his dream can be hindered if the Les Blues slip up in any of their matches as currently they are 2nd in the group behind Sweden, only in goal difference though.