West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is reportedly expected to be named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad on Thursday afternoon, replacing the injured Mike Maignan.

The AC Milan shot-stopper is injured, leaving his regular spot in Deschamps’ list open to a new face. Among the many candidates is Areola, who has featured four times for West Ham this campaign.

Despite his comparative lack of game time, L’Equipe reported in their print edition (November 4, page 17) that the Hammers goalkeeper could be set for a call-up.

Well-earned

In terms of goalkeeping replacements, there is a multitude of options for Didier Deschamps to choose from. While many others have played more football than Areola, very few have played quite as well.

The Frenchman has played four times for the Hammers (twice in the League Cup and twice in the Europa League) since arriving on loan, putting in consistently brilliant displays to keep clean sheets in all of his appearances thus far.

He has been absent from the international scene since 2019 and earned the last of his three caps back in June of that year. It’s been a long road back to top form for the goalkeeper but, following on from a glowing spell at Fulham last term, his stunning performances in a West Ham shirt so far this season have truly earned him his place back.

He’d likely join Kurt Zouma to make up a West Ham contingent in the France selection, potentially giving the Hammers valuable experience of the World Cup and Nations League winners’ environment within the camp.

In other West Ham news, Michail Antonio has earned a call-up to the Jamaica squad.

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