Leeds United keeper Illan Meslier called up to star-studded France squad for vital U21 European Championships clash

Illan Meslier's stellar season in the Premier League has earned him a spot in a star-studded French Under 21 squad for the quarter-finals of the European Championships

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 3:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2021, 3:42 pm
CALLED UP - Leeds United's number one keeper Illan Meslier has been called up for France Under 21s ahead of their European Championship quarter-final against the Netherlands. Pic: Getty

The 21-year-old is one of three goalkeepers selected by coach, alongside Montpellier's Dimitry Bertaud and Alban Lafont of Nantes, for the game on May 31 against the Netherlands.

Hungary and Slovenia will host the quarter-finals, although Meslier and France will only step foot in the latter nation if they make the final.

Meslier is joined in the 23-man squad by fellow Premier League star Wesley Fofana, along with a host of hugely talented prospects, including Rennes' Eduardo Camavinga, Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard and Lille man Nanitamo Ikone.

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Leeds' number one has already completed his domestic season thanks to Marcelo Bielsa's decision to play Kiko Casilla in the final two outings. Casilla kept a clean sheet on Tuesday at Southampton and is scheduled to face off against West Brom at Elland Road on Sunday.

Casilla has been kept out of the line-up by the form of Meslier ever since the Spaniard's eight-game ban over a racism allegation. Meslier came into the side late last season, keeping seven clean sheets in 10 appearances to help Leeds clinch promotion to the top flight.

Stepping up a level has not fazed the youngster, who has broken records en route to a top-half finish with Leeds. The 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Elland Road made him the youngest Premier League goalkeeper to keep 10 clean sheets, beating former Manchester City man Joe Hart by over 100 days.

Meslier added an 11th before his season was complete, making a number of vital stops in the 4-0 win over Burnley last weekend. Only Sam Johnstone of this weekend's opponents West Brom has made more saves in the top flight than Leeds' number one.