This is the beautiful story of this March gathering in Clairefontaine. Jonathan Clauss (29) was called up for the first time in the France team for the friendlies against Côte d’Ivoire, in Marseille, and South Africa, in Lille. A reward for the right side, very prominent with RC Lens for several months. A surprise, too, since nothing predestined him to discover the Blues, given his atypical career (Raon-L’Étape, Avranches, Quevilly-Rouen Métropole, Arminia Bielefeld).
In the columns of Latest News from Alsace, the Sang-et-Or recounted his emotion at the announcement of his summons, the pride of his parents, but also his difficulty in getting into the bath once he landed at the Château. But after hesitant first steps, hazing in song (With class de Corneille) and a discussion with Didier Deschamps, the former Strasbourg player is ready to show that he is not there for nothing.
Do not regret anything
“I have to tell myself that I am in my place, this is the meaning of the discussion I had with the coach. (…) I will have to free myself on the ground, in training, to take my marks. And then we’ll see what I can do. But if I didn’t feel capable of it, I wouldn’t have come. There is this adrenaline that makes you vibrate”he launched, aware that the system of the Blues fits him like a glove, but that he will be judged whatever happens to him if he were to put on the tricolor tunic.
Ambitious, he wants to live his week to the fullest, without worrying. “I’m also here to learn, it’s my first, I haven’t experienced the Champions League or the European Cup. I have to be up to speed, get up to speed on a daily basis”, he sent. And especially without changing. “I will not allow myself to do this with regard to my education. Take the big head (…), no one around me would accept it”, he concluded. Jonathan Clauss’ daydream has only just begun.