Shortlisted to be the club’s player of the season despite only making nine appearances for them since his loan from Liverpool went through, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho can feel hard done by.
Not because of anything to do with the Eagles, but because, for some reason, Didier Deschamps didn’t feel he deserved a place in his France squad ahead of the June internationals.
A revelation since moving to Selhurst Park, Sakho will now have to watch Kurt Zouma, who has only just returned recently to Chelsea’s squad after his long lay off through injury, potentially get some minutes in the France shirt instead of him.
L’Equipe look at the situation of a lot of players in similar situations, with Yohan Cabaye, another Crystal Palace first-team regular, also missing out.
Despite being one of the more relied upon players by both Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce, the 31-year-old midfielder wasn’t picked by Deschamps, who turned once again to his clear favourite Moussa Sissoko, who has barely played for Tottenham this season.
The Crystal Palace stars can certainly feel hard done by, as can Morgan Schneiderlin, who has returned to good form since leaving Old Trafford and signing for Everton in January.
There’s always next time.