Shaka Hislop has questioned whether France are capable of winning the World Cup with Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
Lloris has been guilty of multiple errors in the first part of the season for Tottenham, with reports over recent months indicating that Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte have already held talks over a succession plan for the Frenchman (The Evening Standard).
Journalist Graeme Bailey told TEAMtalk two weeks ago that Spurs plan on replacing their number one at the end of the season, with the North London club said to have identified Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Brighton’s Robert Sanchez and Leeds’ Illan Meslier as potential options.
Lloris also remains captain of Les Blues and their undisputed number one ahead of both Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda.
Didier Deschamps’ men begin their World Cup title defence with a clash against Australia on November 23, and Hislop has now questioned whether their captain will dent their chances of going all the way this time around.
The former West Ham United goalkeeper told ESPN FC: “I don’t know (if France can win with Lloris). As good as France were four years ago, he had that mistake in the final and you just wonder.
“He does (have a mistake in him all the time), certainly of late and I find that really surprising. It’s less asked of you as a goalkeeper in international football, so you can get away with that a bit more at the International level.”
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While Lloris does have a mistake in him, he is still arguably one of the best shot-stoppers in the world on his day and I do not think he will be France’s biggest weak link at the World Cup.
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