Bundesliga: Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge lambasts French federation for including injured Lucas Hernandez in Euros squad

  • Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken out against the world champions France after they called up the injured defender Lucas Hernandez for their Euro 2020 qualifiers with Iceland and Turkey

  • Rummenigge had told the French football federation last week that Hernandez was unavailable because of the knee injury but the French have asked the defender to report for a medical examination

  • The World Cup holders face Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday, 11 October before entertaining Turkey at the Stade de France on Monday, 14 October

Berlin: Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken out against the world champions France after they called up the injured defender Lucas Hernandez for their Euro 2020 qualifiers with Iceland and Turkey.

 Bundesliga: Bayern Munichs Karl-Heinz Rummenigge lambasts French federation for including injured Lucas Hernandez in Euros squad

File image of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Reuters

Rummenigge had told the French football federation last week that Hernandez was unavailable because of the knee injury but the French have asked the defender to report for a medical examination.

"I want to point out that Lucas Hernandez did not play for us in the Champions League against Tottenham nor in the Bundesliga on Saturday," Rumminegge said in a press release.

The former striker, now the chief power broker at Bayern, is said to be irritated by comments from the French national coach Didier Deschamps, suggesting the defender would be happy to play on one leg for the national cause.

"Didier Deschamps' suggestion ... has stunned us," he said.

The World Cup holders face Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday, 11 October before entertaining Turkey at the Stade de France on Monday, 14 October.

Les Bleus are level with Turkey at the top of Group H on 15 points from six games, with Iceland three points back.

The top two qualify automatically for the final tournament.

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Updated Date: Oct 07, 2019 18:25:43 IST