Social media timelines are flooded with clips of players’ families celebrating World Cup selections, but it was different for Lucas Digne.
The Aston Villa defender will have been gutted to have failed to make the cut for France, but his children were delighted.
In a video posted by his wife, the left-back’s young son and daughter were seen dancing round, thrilled by the news their dad would be staying at home.
Singing ‘daddy he stays with us’ in French, the pair were adorably jumping round in celebration of a month at home with their father.
Digne, who has played for a number of huge clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, has 46 caps to his name with Les Blues.
The 29-year-old, who joined Villa from Everton for £25million in January, would have had high hopes of sticking around, having been in the squad for six of France’s eight games this year.
However, coach Didier Deschamps decided against keeping the full-back in his final squad, even with a spare space as he named a 25-man selection, instead of the permitted 26.
That will come as a big blow to Digne, who hasn’t had much luck with France despite being in and out of the squad since 2013.
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The defender made it into the 2014 World Cup team, but wasn’t present in 2018 as France took home the crown in Russia.
He did return for a series of Nations League games in 2022, upping his chances of Qatar, meaning his kids must have been waiting with bated breath.
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