“I want to prove that I have the level for the France team”


Jonathan Clauss, during the match between France and Denmark, June 3, at the Stade de France. MATTHIEU MIRVILLE/DPPI via AFP

MAINTENANCE - The defender of the Blues and OM with a unique career approaches the match against Austria with the dream of playing in the World Cup.

He thought he would never see Clairefontaine again. Even if he does not say it with such words, Jonathan Clauss (29 years old, 4 selections) has long thought that the sequence of last June, with a penalty caused against Croatia at the end of the match (1-1 ) a few seconds after coming into play in the heat of Split, could have sounded like the end of his story in the France team. This is not the case. Quite the contrary. “With each list, I am afraid of not being there. I will never get used to the coach saying my name." he admits with a smile and stars in his eyes before tackling the meetings against Austria this Thursday (8:45 p.m., M6), in which he could start, and Denmark on Sunday in the League of Nations. “For the announcement of the list of 23, I didn't eat anything in the morning, I had a lump in my stomach and I was two hours before in front of the television so as not to miss anything. My girlfriend thought I was crazy.”

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