Nottingham Forest promotion hero Brice Samba is set to be handed a sensational call-up to the France squad, according to Get French Football News. The 28-year-old has been in fine form for Lens this season with the team in the mix for a Champions League place.
Samba made the tricky call to leave Forest shortly after their promotion to the Premier League. He held a desire to return to France and was picked up by the ambitious Lens.
The player was actually born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His French family, however, will make him eligible for a call-up to the France squad later this month.
France are in transition with their goalkeepers. The beaten World Cup finalists have seen Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda retire since they lost to Argentina in the World Cup final last year.
Now, Samba is set to get the nod to play for France. He will hope that his form for Lens during 2022/23 will earn him the chance to actually win a cap for France in the coming weeks.
The goalkeeper was a cult hero at the City Ground. His style of goalkeeping captured the hearts of the Forest supporters and he made 133 appearances for the club in total.
Samba to be handed a sensational France call-up
This would be quite remarkable. In the space of 12 months, the player will have gone from being a very good Championship goalkeeper to playing for one of the best countries in world football.
Leeds stopper Islan Meslier is likely to get a call-up too. It seems apparent that the two custodians will fight for the gloves as France prepare to play Holland and the Republic of Ireland.
Samba would thoroughly deserve a call-up. During the current campaign, he’s made 26 appearances, conceded just 21 goals and kept an impressive nine clean sheets.
The Reds faithful will be monitoring France’s fixtures with intrigue over the coming weeks. Hopefully, Samba will get the nod and continue proving just how much quality he possesses.