France coach Didier Deschamps is sticking with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris despite two mistakes in their World Cup warm-up matches.
The Tottenham keeper parried Mario Balotelli‘s free-kick, allowing Leonardo Bonucci to score, in France’s 3-1 win over Italy in Nice and then allowed Julian Green’s shot to beat him at his near post in the 1-1 draw with the United States in Lyon.
Some questioned whether Lloris, who has won 98 caps for France, should keep his place in the team for the tournament in Russia with Steve Mandanda and Alphonse Areola available as back-up.
Hugo Lloris has come under pressure after making two errors in World Cup warm-up games
The France No 1 could be challenged for his place after the mistakes against Italy and USA
But Deschamps dismissed such concerns, saying the 31-year-old will be between the posts when France play Australia in their opening Group C fixture on Saturday.
‘I won’t comment on these criticisms. Hugo and I have spoken, we’ve gone back over his games and we’ve analysed them, it’s a tough, ungrateful job,’ he said.
‘In Nice, his view was obstructed, it was a quick shot and he had little time to move his hands. He could have done better with the one against the United States, but I repeat the goalkeeper can be blamed when people believe he is responsible.
Coach Didier Deschamps defended Lloris and said he will keep the gloves for the tournament
‘It’s very specific to goalkeepers. But Hugo has experience; he’s seen it all before, this can happen any time. Better for it to happen now than during the competition.’
After playing Australia in Kazan, Les Bleus take on Peru in Yekaterinburg on June 21 and Denmark in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 26.