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Hugo's homecoming

Posted on 8 October 2015  - 11:18

Hugo Lloris hopes to lead France out in his home town tonight (Thursday, October 8).

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Our charismatic goalkeeper, who wears the captain’s armband for club and country, is with Les Bleus for their international friendly against Armenia at Allianz Riviera in Nice.

Born in the city and having played there in his early career, the 28-year-old would love to represent his nation on home territory in what he expects to be a difficult game.

But he’s urged whoever gets the nod from manager Didier Deschamps to be on top of their game as they gear up to host next summer’s Euro 2016 finals.

“We are playing in Nice, my home town, against Armenia and it’s never easy to play against them,” he said.

“I don’t know if I’ll play – the manager will take his decision – but it can be tough when it’s a friendly game because there is sometimes a lack of competitive edge.

“We need to work our minds and be as competitive as possible to be ready for the Euros.”

Tonight’s game kicks-off at 7.45pm UK time, with France then travelling to face a Denmark side that includes Christian Eriksen on Sunday, October 11, in another friendly.

Hugo remained typically coy on the possibility of coming up against his Spurs team-mate, but said he’ll be sure to warn his compatriots about the talents of last Sunday’s two-goal attacking midfielder.

“I know Christian well so of course I will give some advice to my international team-mates about him!” he added.