France boss Didier Deschamps has aimed a dig at Frank Lampard over his key Chelsea players N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.
Lampard contacted Deschamps during the last international break requesting the France coach to drop Kante from his squad. The Chelsea boss evidently had concerns over his midfielder’s recent injury setbacks.
However, it appears Deschamps didn’t take Lampard’s interference into his plans well and he’s already thought of a response should the Englishman come calling again with another request.
“Lampard asked me not to pick Kanté at the last rally,” Deschamps told reporters on Thursday.
“If it’s still that way… Maybe I’ll call him later to tell him it would be nice if you play Olivier Giroud a little bit.”
While Deschamps’ jibe may be a light-hearted one, it doesn’t take away the cold hard truth of Giroud’s situation at Chelsea this season.
The former Arsenal striker has fallen behind the Tammy Abraham in Lampard’s line-up, and he’s started just two of his five appearances in all competitions.
These troubling facts may cause Giroud trouble later on as it’s imperative he gets as much game time as possible should he wish to make Deschamps’ final squad for next summer’s Euro 2020 championship.
He even shot Lampard a warning over his lack of minutes in September.
“Obviously not! I have goals in my head,” Giroud told Le Figaro.
“I’m here to help the new generation, but the retirement time has not come.
“I’m still hungry and have a lot of ambition. I don’t want to be Chelsea’s No.2 striker, for sure.
“Just because I’m here as an older brother for young people, it doesn’t mean I’m out on the sidelines.”
Nevertheless, Giroud has made the 23-man France squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey in Group H.