A major rethink could be on the cards for the France boss over West Ham star Kurt Zouma after a Man United twist.
The West Ham man was infamously seen kicking and slapping one of his cats in footage which surfaced on social media in February, with the RSPCA subsequently taking his two pet cats into care.
The glare the ridiculous incident brought on Zouma and West Ham was hugely unhelpful.
But the player apologised and David Moyes elected to continue to select Zouma for West Ham, calling for forgiveness.
Despite that, Zouma – who was a starter for France when he signed for West Ham – was well and truly cast aside by his national team boss Didier Deschamps and the federation.
Deschamps criticised the £29m West Ham defender when the revelations broke last season and has omitted him from selection for France ever since.
“I was very surprised by Kurt,” Deschamps said back in February (Sport Bible).
“This is something that is inadmissible, intolerable and cruelty without a name. I’m sure he became aware of it but these images are shocking and unbearable.”
The France manager added: “I’m not a prosecutor. I am here to make selections on different criteria. It could have happened to me when players could have made mistakes not to select them for a while, so I will not change my way of doing things for the next list.”
Now a major rethink could be on the cards for the France boss over West Ham star Kurt Zouma after a Man United twist.
Deschamps is already going to be missing Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kane for next month’s World Cup.
And defender Jules Kounde has been struggling with injuries this season.
Now Man United and France defender Raphael Varane looks a huge doubt too after he left the pitch in tears following what looked like a serious knee injury during the clash with Chelsea on Saturday night.
Varane was consoled by his teammates on the touchline as he covered his face with his shirt. He was then seen punching the Chelsea corner flag in anger at the realisation his World Cup dream could be over.
And Varane’s injury nightmare could open the door for West Ham star Zouma.
Deschamps may be left with little choice but to hand the Hammers centre-back a reprieve.
While nobody is looking to play down the Zouma incident, other players in the French squad have been handed recalls by Deschamps after being involved in unsavoury situations.
With 26-man squads allowed for the tournament and defensive options dwindling for Deschamps, there could yet be hope of joining his West Ham teammate Alphonse Areola in the France squad for Zouma.