Parisien captain Christophe Jallet made his first international start last night as France coasted to a 3-1 victory over Belarus in their FIFA World Cup Qualifier.
The full-back has had a miraculous 12-months and it has culminated in him registering a place in Didier Dechamps’ team and impressing too. He came into the side in place of Anthony Reveillere who started the game in Helsinki last Friday. A bold move to say the least by the coach but he had nothing to fear as the PSG man took to his new international stardom like a duck to the water.
Jallet worked impressively with Rio Mavuba who was operating on the right side of central midfield and the two of them showed some chemistry. Etienne Capoue, another new boy to the national team, opened the scoring just after the break and Jallet doubled the lead (69th minute) with a rather fortuitous strike but beautiful nevertheless for his first international goal. He sliced his cross from the flank and it totally bamboozled goalkeeper Sergei Veremko, clipping the underside of the ball before rustling into the net.
It topped off a wonderful past three months for the player who was named PSG skipper in the summer and is now establishing himself in the international squad.
On his goal, Deschamps told reporters after the game; “Christophe Jallet has trained all week to shoot like that!”. A hint of sarcasm in there maybe but there is no doubt he has been encouraged by the attitude and display of the player who will have a big part to play in qualification for the World Cup in Brazil.
Note: Mamadou Sakho also started the game at the Stade de France last night and put in another accomplished display in the centre of defence. Jeremy Menez had little time to impress as he came on as a substitute in stoppage time.
Good night overall for the Parisien boys.