BY Pete Starr
We have received exclusive reports overnight, from our sources in Paris, that William Gallas is to be handed a shock recall by France for next week’s friendly with the Netherlands, over four years after his last cap.
Coach Didier Deschamps is desperate to add experience to his central defensive options for the coming friendly and World Cup as 16 cap Mamadou Sakho currently stands as the most senior CB in his last squad. Despite being 36 years old now and plying his trade in the Austalian A-League for Perth Glory, Gallas is set to accept the international olive branch and there are even rumours Deschamps could hand the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs veteran the captain’s armband for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.
The move has been prompted by Gallas’ sensational form for The Glory of late depsite the fact that they sit second bottom of the Australia’s top division and haven’t won in over a month.
Here’s a prime example of Gallas’ recent herculean defending that has set tongues wagging in the corridors of the FFF.
\ We spoke to a source close to the French camp, who wished to named under the pseudonym 'Lesley Onion' for reasons of anonymity, who was very excited by the developments:
“William, despite his advancing years is still a great athlete, a mature leader and a fine, fine defender. He’s greased lightning over 10 yards and brings that little something to the squad dynamic that you cannot put your finger on.
“Gallas is known amongst friends and colleagues in footballer as ‘Little Nelson’ – after the great Mandela - for his ability to unite teammates and his legendary ability to bury a hatchet in a moment with a handshake and a smile, no matter how badly he has been wronged. He’s a consummate professional and we feel that with Eric's (Abidal) immediate retirement from international football* the national side needed another wise head amongst our talented but green defensive ranks. You simply cannot buy the knowledge that 84 international caps bring!
“His superb form for Perth couldn’t have come at better time and we’re just so glad Billy is open to the idea.”
*after he broke every single bone in his body attempting to micro scooter down the Niagara Falls in aid of the Battersea Dog’s Home.
Commentators from around the world of football have met in agreement over the wisdom of the move with Paolo Maldini noting 'I'd give my left nut to be playing like Gallas is at the moment' whilst the ghost of Bobby Moore remarked 'He's impenetrable, like the opening 700 pages of War and Peace.'
What do you think? Is this a wise move by France? Should the likes of Varane and Sakho be given a chance or is experience a crucial factor for any team serious about winning the World Cup? Let us know your thought in the comments below.