Everton defender Lucas Digne has suggested that a move to Goodison Park has been the catalyst behind his recall to the France national team.

The left-back missed out on a place in the World Cup winning squad in the summer, as he was unable to get enough game time under his belt for Barcelona, but his switch in the transfer window and his subsequent form since has earned him another call up.

Digne has been putting in strong performances since he recovered from the injury he sustained upon his arrival on Merseyside, and Didier Deschamps soon took notice and got him back in his set up.

France have a friendly against Iceland on Thursday evening, before they take on previous World Cup winners Germany in the UEFA Nations League next week, and the Toffees left-back will be keen to be involved in both matches.

The 25-year-old has shown good form in his defensive work, but he has also caught the eye getting forward down his flank and appears to be getting more accustomed to the Premier League with each match he plays.

He has highlighted what his move to Everton has done for his international prospects, and suggested it is the reason for the end to his international exile.

“I think it [moving to Everton] is so important to my recall,” the Everton official website quote him as saying.

“When I came here I wanted to play every week, to enjoy it and discover a new country, a new league, and then see what happens [with the national team]. But now I am so happy.

“I want to say ‘thank you’ to my teammates, the coach and the staff and the fans, too because they helped me a lot to get the recall.

“We have one friendly game against Iceland and then we play Germany in the Nations League. Every game is important for the national team.

“You are representing your country and it’s important to prove you deserve your place.”

Everton fans will be holding their breath that their left-back returns safe and sound, so that he can continue his good form in the Toffees’ blue, when their side host Crystal Palace after the international break.


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