France coach Laurent Blanc’s scouting network doesn’t extend to Everton
Laurent Blanc, coach of England’s Euro 2012 opponents France, reckons he’s got the lowdown on all of Roy Hodgson’s men – except Leighton Baines, who he doesn’t even know by name.
The French scouts have been keeping a close eye on the Three Lions’ players, unless they happen to play for Everton.
Blanc says he knows about all of the squad named by Hodgson “apart from the reserve left-back, the one who plays for Everton”.
Perhaps Blanc has banked on Ashley Cole being available throughout, perhaps it wasn’t it wasn’t worth a trip to Everton just to see Baines, or perhaps the pronunciation of Leighton is just too mind-boggling.