Adrien Rabiot, 21, has finally been called up by Didier Deschamps to play the midfielder for the France’s game against Sweden in Friday’s World Cup 2018 qualifier.
After months of waiting, it’s Adrien Rabiot’s turn. He was last summer in Les Bleus’ Euro 2016 squad but he was only named on the reserve list, and he never placed his foot in the football pich. But this time, he is joining the 23-men squad. Sunday night after his wonderful performance in the 4-0 against Rennes in Ligue 1, he said very confident: « I am very proud to be back there. I have been working very hard since the start of the season and I am getting the rewards now ». Then, he added « I’m self-confident I know what I can do. It’s not arrogance to say so.»
Rabiot began his career really young but it’s at 13, in 2008 that every big club in Europe was trying to sign with the midfielder. After choosing Manchester City, he ended up at Pau, then at the Paris Saint Germain’s academy. Not havin a personal agent, he relies on his mum as his close advisor, even if he played 145 games for PSG in all competitions, winning three league titles, two French cups and three French League cup. And he’s only 21… but the midfielder still has a long career in front of him.
After the game against Sweden Friday, Adrien Rabiot will play for France’s friendly game in Lens against Ivory Coast next Monday. The future will tell us if the young player is strong enough to withstand the pressure of France national team.
Noémie Tissot, 3F group 2.