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Lucas Hernández rejects France call from Didier Deschamps

The Atlético Madrid defender is determined to play for Spain despite being eligible for Les Bleus and with the France coach courting his services.

El defensa del Atlético de Madrid, Lucas Hernández, durante un partido.
Cristina QuiclerAFP

Atlético Madrid defender Lucas Hernández, born in Marseille to a French father and Spanish mother, has the option to represent either country at international level and although he would prefer to receive a call up from Julen Lopetegui it is Didier Deschamps who has been punching his number into his mobile with greater frequency.

According to Spanish radio network Cadena SER, the Les Bleus coach asked about Hernández’ availability for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Russia but was rejected by the Atlético defender, who is still hoping to find his way into the Spain national side.

Hernández awaiting call from Spanish federation

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However, with Hernández’s Spanish nationality still in the pipeline the 22-year-old faces a waiting game. If he does not receive any indication from Lopetegui that he is in his plans, he may hold on until Deschamps announces his final squad for Russia before nailing his colours to a mast.

Although Lopetegui and Spanish Football Federation chief have been keeping an eye on Hernández and suggested he could be in line for a call-up, noting has yet proved concrete and the France under-21 international is willing to wait until the Spain coach announces his squad.

Hernández recently explained: “Spain has given me everything in my life and my nationalization is nearly completed. I would love to play for Spain because I consider myself a Spaniard. What can I say? I speak better Spanish than French. That says it all really.”


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