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Leeds keeper Meslier receives France U-21 call-up

The 20-year-old is capped at U-18, U-19 and U-20 level.

Illan Meslier seen in action during FIFA U-20 World Cup...
Illan Meslier in action for France U20s versus Saudi Arabia in the FIFA U20 World Cup in Gdynia on May 25, 2019.
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Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier will hope to make his France Under-21s debut after receiving his latest international call-up.

The 20-year-old will compete with Fiorentina’s promising keeper Alban Lafont - who was on loan at Nantes last season - for a place in the starting eleven, along with Bordeaux backup Gaetan Poussin.

France U-21s are placed in Group 2 of the Under-21 European Championship qualifiers, and will kick off their qualification campaign against Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Meslier, who signed permanently for the Whites from Lorient this summer, is joined by reported Leeds target Odsonne Edouard of Celtic in the latest squad.

Having overtaken Kiko Casilla as Leeds’ first choice stopper, this could be the next step of progression in the youngster’s development ahead of his club’s upcoming Premier League campaign.

It’s been a promising couple of days for Leeds’ international representatives, with Kalvin Phillips earning his maiden call-up for England.

He will join Scotland’s Liam Cooper, Wales forward Tyler Roberts and Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland on the senior international stage, while Liam McCarron has been named in the Scotland U-21 squad.