Lucas Digne started his first match of Euro 2020 at the weekend as France stuttered to a 1-1 draw with Hungary.
L’Equipe, well known for their tough ratings, only gave him 4/10 for his performance but the Everton player was one of the better performers on the pitch for his side. Others, such as Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema, Adrien Rabiot and Benjamin Pavard were given just 3 and 2.
Digne will be hoping he’s shown enough to Didier Deschamps to get more minutes as the tournament progresses.
Everton’s left-back today attended France’s press conference with his manager, and one of the questions related to contact with family during the tournament.
Covid-19 restrictions mean squads are working in bubbles and there’s different rules in different national team camps. Digne could only speak about his own situation, and RMC quote him as saying: “My family does not come to the game because my children are small. My little one is five months old and the older one is two years old. Explaining that dad cannot give a kiss, it’s complicated.
“To avoid too much sadness, we will leave them at home. For the group, it is not easy to be away from your family. We have all made this sacrifice and we are aware of this objective. Our family is currently the group.”
Digne was inevitably asked whether he feels he can push on and become the first choice left-back for Deschamps, as France move to more serious matches, and the Everton man said: “At no time do I ask myself whether the coach picks me or not. I give everything to training, the goal of everyone is to play. I try to give the coach a puzzle for when he makes up his eleven.”