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N’golo Kante returns ahead of UEFA EURO 2024

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To mark N’Golo Kante’s recall to the France squad for UEFA EURO 2024, we look back on his outstanding contribution to Les Bleus’ glorious campaign at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™.

  • N’Golo Kante back in the France fold after two-year absence
  • Midfielder joined Al-Ittihad in July 2023
  • Had a big hand in Les Bleus’ FIFA World Cup™ win in 2018

There is a view in French football that if the 2018 version of N’Golo Kante had been playing for France at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, France would now have three stars on their shirt.

We will never know if that would have been the case, but we do know that, after an absence of two years, the talismanic midfielder has been recalled to the France squad for UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany, much to the delight of Bleus fans.

Among the long list of players to have represented France, it is hard to find someone as universally popular as Kante. That popularity might not be immediately evident to the uninitiated. But the nation of France is united in its fondness and appreciation for the ex-Stade Malherbe Caen player, who is without question the most reserved and humble of all their internationals.

A popular recall

It came as no surprises, then, to see Kante hit the headlines after France coach Didier Deschamps announced his return, with several French newspapers even running with the story on their front pages. Currently with Saudi Arabia’s Il-Ittihad, the smiling Kante can be relied upon to cover every blade of grass if required at EURO 2024, another reason why France fans are happy to see him restored to national-team duty.

“With his experience and expertise, I’m sure that France will be stronger with N’Golo Kante,” said Deschamps on announcing his squad, no doubt mindful of the massive contribution the former Chelsea man made when Les Bleus claimed the ultimate prize at Russia 2018™

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