Areola should get World Cup chance as Sutton scolds Lloris

West Ham United goalkeeper Alphonse Areola will have the chance to knock England out of the World Cup on Saturday (December 10) if he plays.

The 29-year-old has been forced to watch from the bench so far with Tottenham Hotspur number one Hugo Lloris holding the gloves alongside Didier Deschamps.

But the French have not kept a clean sheet all tournament compared to three in four games for the Three Lions, thanks in no small part to Declan Rice’s fantastic back-four.

Chris Sutton is keen to see Lloris dropped for the French side after disappointing with the gloves and that should open the door for Areola to shine on the biggest stage of all.

“France haven’t kept a clean sheet at this World Cup and while it’s a squad full of talented players, I’m still not convinced by Hugo Lloris in goal,” Sutton wrote in his Daily Mail column.

In his five-year career in France, Areola has only five caps to his name after being a perennial support at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020 (held in 2021 due to COVID-19).

Deschamps may want to start switching sides with Lloris clearly getting too comfortable in the number ui shirt as a result his performances are dropping.

Should Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions beat the reigning world champions on Saturday, Areola can be presented as the answer to their defensive woes and give West Ham another top international in their armoury.

David Moyes may finally have to waive Lukasz Fabianski at the London Stadium, which would be a huge boon for the Hammers, who have seen the Poland international drop in his own performances this season.

For both club and country, he deserves a chance as the number 1 on Saturday could be the turning point if he gets the win.

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