Hernandez pleasure as brothers hope to play collectively for France

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PARIS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Lucas and Theo Hernandez have been beaming with pleasure as they each featured in France’s squad for the Nations League Final Four this week, presumably marking the primary time brothers will play collectively within the nationwide staff for the reason that Revellis within the Seventies.

Lucas received the World Cup with Les Bleus in 2018 however his youthful brother Theo earned his first cap final month in a World Cup qualifier towards Finland.

“It’s a source of pride, a pleasure to be here with my brother. We couldn’t dream of this as children. It is exceptional, incredible,” Bayern Munich defender Lucas, who received the primary of his 28 caps in March 2018, informed a information convention on Tuesday, two days earlier than France tackle Belgium within the semi-finals in Turin.

“It is an incredible moment for the whole family. It is a moment of happiness and pleasure. We haven’t been able to train together yet, so it will be nice. These are unique moments.”

The 23-year-old Theo, who performs at left again for AC Milan, was used on the left wing in a 3-4-1-2 formation towards Finland whereas Lucas, 25, can play centre again though he’s largely performed as a left again by Deschamps.

Whether they may really play collectively is anybody’s guess however their versatility makes it doable.

With Lucas preferring the centre again place, Theo believes the dream can come true.

“It’s an honour to be here with my brother. My mum, my grandfather and the whole family are very happy,” he mentioned.

“We have to work to play together. We’re going to work well and we’re going to help each other to be together.”

Deschamps additionally included Theo among the many midfielders when he unveiled his squad final week.

“He’s neither a defender nor a forward so I put him with the midfielders,” the coach mentioned with a smile.

Should they be fielded collectively it will likely be the primary time brothers play in the identical France aspect since Herve and Patrick Revelli towards Romania in March, 1974.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge