Zouma gets late call-up for France after impressing for Chelsea

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was added to the France squad by Didier Deschamps, after being initially snubbed by the France manager.

Zouma wasn’t in the initial squad, but Deschamps confirmed in his post-match press conference after France’s 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine that the Chelsea defender will now join the national team setup.

Zouma will come in for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who went off at half-time feeling ill.

The 25-year-old will cherish this call-up, having only had five France caps to his name, since making his debut in March 2015.

Zouma last played for France in June last year, a 4-0 victory away to Andorra in which he scored.

Zouma got called up last year to the France squad but was an unused substitute for the remainder of France’s games in 2019. This invitation will mark his first selection since international football resumed following the coronavirus pandemic.

Only Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante were part of the initial call-up. However, Zouma has been impressive this season, thus earning this recent call-up.

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