Alexandre Lacazette must maintain his current form if he is going to force his way back into the national team picture.
This was contained in France national team coach, Didier Deschamps’ briefing ahead of the International FIFA break this week.
Lacazette, 27, finished his first season in English football last term with 17 goals in all competitions but was left out of the France squad that went on to win the World Cup in Russia.
Les Blues are back in Uefa Nations League action during the international break with Deschamps opting for the same set of forwards that served under him at the World Cup in Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele and Florian Thauvin for games against Iceland and Germany.
Despite scoring four goals and providing two assists in five Premier League starts, Lacazette is still to earn himself a recall with Deschamps admitting the former Lyon striker is still further down the pecking order than his World Cup-winning options.
“It is true that he is having a good early season where he is efficient and effective,” Deschamps told reporters this week.
“There is competition in this position and for the moment the players I selected for the World Cup, I continue to rely on them.
“It is not a question of profile, but I am not going to pick multiple players in the same position. It is also necessary to have a balanced squad and he is a central attacker.
“This does not take away the credit for what he does. He must continue.”
Lacazette’s partnership with Aubameyang
Alexandre Lacazette has revealed he is enjoying playing alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and hopes their partnership can help Arsenal win trophies.
The Frenchman continued his impressive run of form with two goals in the 5-1 win over Fulham before Aubameyang came off the bench to bag two for himself.
The pair cost over £100 million in transfer fees from Lyon and Borussia Dortmund respectively and have combined to score 10 goals in 11 games when on the pitch together.
“It is good,” Lacazette said of his relationship with Aubameyang.
“He is like my brother, every day we talk, we love to work together and today in front of the goal and we score two goals, which is good.