Well, THIS is going to ruffle some feathers. According to Get French Football News, France has now released its full squad for this summer’s EURO 2020 competition. The good news is that Tottenham Hotspur (and France) captain Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko were both named to the squad.
The bad news? Tanguy Ndombele was not.
| EURO 2020 squad:— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 18, 2021
GK: Lloris, Mandanda, Maignan
DEF: Dubois, Pavard, Zouma, Koundé, Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe, Digne, L.Hernandez
MID: Kanté, Pogba, Rabiot, Tolisso, Sissoko
ATT: Benzema, Giroud, Mbappé, Thuram, Coman, Ben Yedder, Griezmann, Lemar, O.Dembélé
Now, you can look at this one of two ways. The dark cloud view is that the decision to omit Ndombele, which once seemed unthinkable, can potentially be laid at the feet of Spurs interim manager Ryan Mason, who has shunted Ndombele to the role of a late-game substitute. Ndombele missing out on the EUROs can be considered a questionable decision, especially since Moussa Sissoko made the team. No disrespect to Sissoko, but that’s certainly a CHOICE by Didier Deschamps.
On the other hand, the silver lining is that Tanguy’s going to get a nice, long break from football this summer, and with things likely going to significantly change at Tottenham next season with a new manager and likely new tactics, coming into preseason training rested and healthy would be a real boon to both Ndombele and Spurs. Tanguy played 2800 minutes and made 32 appearances this season, which is a lot! And who knows — Tanguy’s almost certainly an alternate and if someone breaks an ankle or something it’s still possible, if not likely, that he gets called in.
The other silver lining is that we’re most likely going to be trying to offload Sissoko sometime during the summer. A good performance at the EUROS (which ironically is probably how he ended up at Spurs in the first place) would be a good value-add and might make it easier to foist him off on some other
But still. I feel sad for Tanguy, but this is tremendous content.