Loads of Everton fans have praised Abdoulaye Doucoure as football journalist Mansour Loum confirmed in a tweet that the midfielder has rejected an international call-up from Mali.
⚽ Abdoulaye Doucouré non plus n'a pas répondu à la convocation du Mali. Il n'est pas présent au rassemblement
— Mansour Loum (@Mansour_Loum) October 7, 2020
Indeed, the 27-year old has played for the French national team at various youth levels but has never played for Les Bleus’ senior team, according to Transfermarkt.
However, he also qualifies to play for the Mali international side, but has chosen to reject their advances in the hope that he will be called up for France and perhaps break into their squad in time for the European Championship next summer.
Doucoure has been enjoying a great debut season for the Merseyside club so far, winning a rather impressive 3.5 of his duels a game in the Premier League while also averaging two tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 1.8 key passes per match, as per Sofascore.
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Everton fan reaction to Doucoure’s decision
These members of the Goodison Park faithful on Twitter lauded the midfielder for his decision, with one Everton supporter branding Doucoure as an ‘absolute tank’ as he looks set to be fully fresh for the upcoming Merseyside derby after the international break:
He’ll be taking Pogba’s place before he knows it! Absolute tank!!!!
— Jason Bowers (@JasonBo57710178) October 7, 2020
Nzonzi still gets call ups now and again, surely Doucoure can now put himself into the France reckoning being at us if that’s the case, Doucoure is just as good!
— Aide Dews (@AidyDews) October 8, 2020
Oh good so he is resting up then ready for the derby
— tony (@tonyf_efc) October 7, 2020
Good now get him too finch farm and wrap him up in bubble wrap please
— Everton Insight (@EvertonInsight) October 7, 2020
Good choice. He will be in that french squad soon enough!
— 🧩🧩🧩 (@chrisjhocking22) October 7, 2020
good, like zouma and digne we’ll get him in the french team
if nzonzis still getting a game, doucoure definitely has a chance
— 🇨🇴🇧🇷🇫🇷🏴 (@HWO_EFC) October 7, 2020
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