Didier Deschamps embarrassed on TV after scouting Senegal defender for France

A lesson in why you should always do your homework.

Deschamps tripped himself up last night.
Deschamps tripped himself up last night.
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FRANCE COACH DIDIER Deschamps was left red-faced on live television last night after being told a player he’d been scouting is already a Senegalese international.

The French boss had been travelling to Italy to track the progress of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with a view to bringing him into Les Blues’ Euro 2016 squad.

However, he was completely unaware the 24-year-old has already played three times for Senegal.

“For our defence, I’ve also been following Kouilibaly,” he said on the Canal Football Club show. “There is competition. Mathieu in Barcelona, ​​Koulibaly in Naples.”

When told of Koulibaly’s ineligibility for France, Deschamps responded: ”Really? Well, we’ll see.”

Koulibaly, who represented France at U20 level, made his Senegal debut against Namibia in September and recently lined-out in a World Cup Qualifier in November.

The centre-back has caught the eye in Serie A after making the move from Belgian club Genk in May 2014.

But it’s back to square one for Didier.

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