Lucas Digne hopeful Everton form carries him to Euro 2020 with France
Everton left-back Lucas Digne is hopeful that his form with the Toffees will earn him a spot with the France national side for next summer’s European Championship finals. The Frenchman failed to make the squad for the 2018 World Cup as he was a bit-part player for Barcelona but he has transformed his fortunes since joining the Toffees last year.
Digne has been the undisputed left-back choice on the left side of the defence for the Toffees for the best part of 14 months and this has aided his comeback to the national team. In a press conference, Digne said that he is pleased to have won the Player of the Season award with the Toffees last term and he is hoping to produce the same level of consistency this year.
He added that his form at club level will ultimately decide his selection for Euro 2020 and he is hopeful of making Didier Deschamps’ squad for the tournament, he told: “[At Everton], the goals are simple: we must do better than last season. As an individual, it’s the same principle. I look at my statistics, the percentage of duels won, the number of successful crosses… I was selected as player of the season [last year and] it makes me happy but these [statistics] are more concrete. The France team is the continuity of what I realise at club level. It’s up to me to put all the odds on my side.”
Digne has recently benefited from the injury setback for Lucas Hernandez and he played through the entire 90 minutes of France’s 2-1 comeback triumph over Moldova. The result has ensured Les Bleus’ progress to next summer’s tournament with one game to spare. They are still not assured of the top spot and will need to beat Albania on the final matchday. Otherwise, Turkey could leapfrog them on the head-to-head record with a victory over Andorra.