Leeds fans react as Meslier could soon make France U-21 debut
Leeds United supporters are buzzing that Illan Meslier could be handed a first U-21 start for France next week.
L’Equipe report that Alban Lafont has been dropped from the squad following FC Nantes’ involvement in the Ligue 1 relegation play-offs. Meslier has been Leeds’ starting keeper for their first season back in the Premier League in 16 years.
And the French youngster has flourished in the role. The 21-year-old kept 11 clean sheets in 35 league appearances for Leeds, becoming the youngster keeper to keep ten shutouts in Premier League history.
France are on of he favourites to win the U-21 Euros, with Les Bleus bolstering an immense variety of talented players amongst their squad, such as RB Leipzig defenders Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate, Stade Rennais wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga and Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
Meslier has been a star for Leeds over the past 12 months, and supporters on social media are beaming at the thought of him representing France at U-21 level ahead of the U-21 Euros.
Here’s what some Leeds fans had to say on Twitter about the latest update to the French squad…
That’s incredible. We all knows he’s good but to be the starting u21 GK with their talent pool is nuts— MOTweets (@MOTweets1919) May 24, 2021
Make the most of your opportunity Mes. Will be hard for him [Alban] to work his way back in if you play like you have done for Leeds. Good luck.— Quadraphinha (@BickersLUFC) May 24, 2021
The last time Meslier was a replacement, he took over the 1st spot!— 💙💛🏆 Ting (@TingPaiTour) May 24, 2021
Meslier is better anyway so underrated https://t.co/FsOU9WBphd— toby brannan (@tobybrannan8) May 24, 2021
And he can show them what he is about and cement his place! Frances #1 in a few years! https://t.co/5M7KTfGNgG— Leanne Judge 💙⚽️💛 (@LeanneJudgeUK) May 24, 2021
Meslier is yet to feature for France at U-21 level, with the 21-year-old playing at various other youth levels for Les Bleus.
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