Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris has admitted he is worried about the state of the Les Blues camp heading into their final national team meet up before the World Cup, with the current champions set to face Austria and Denmark in September’s international break.
Didier Deschamp’s side won the tournament four years ago, and the Nations League just 12 months ago, but had a torrid beginning to their new Nations League campaign in June, failing to win a game and losing two of their four matches to leave them bottom in a group containing Denmark, Croatia and Austria.
Meanwhile, off-the-field issues have taken hold, with Paul Pogba embroiled in a legal battle with his brother and Kylian Mbappe’s future continuing to come under scrutiny despite him signing a new deal at the Parc des Princes.
All is not well within the camp, and Lloris admitted that it did not bode well for his nation when the World Cup kicks off in just over two months time.
“With just a few months until the World Cup, it is important to show solidarity and concentrate on the objective [of retaining the World Cup].
‘We will need to rely on all of our strength, all of our energy. We need to remain focused on the pitch.”
‘Things are too scattered around at the minute. I think that the international break will do us some good.
‘Even if there isn’t any risk involved and a few important absences, it will be good to get together and be close again, especially since we left each other in June with slightly negative feelings.’
France face Denmark in what will be a dummy run for the World Cup, with both sides having also been drawn in the same group there, along with Australia and Tunisia.
They know that to avoid relegation, they must pick up six points in September.