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Areola shines

Alphonse Areola kept a clean sheet as France beat Austria in the UEFA Nations League earlier this week.

The clash between the two sides was vital for Les Bleus and they won 2-0, as Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud scored the decisive goals.

Areola, who won his fourth cap as he came on as a substitute for Mike Maignan at half-time, was impressive throughout the second half.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who is France’s captain, had pulled out of the squad due to injury, giving both Maignan and Areola the chance to come in and stake a claim for the No.1 shirt.

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Areola was part of the France squad for the 2018 World Cup and is also likely to go to Qatar later this year when France aim to defend the World Cup they won four years ago.

France will play Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia in the group stages. They will actually face Denmark next week, too, as they take them on in the Nations League.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.