Antoine Griezmann has come under fire for his failure to congratulate France team-mate Raphael Varane for winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.
The Atletico Madrid attacker was assembled with the France squad at Clairefontaine ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday but, unlike his team-mates, failed to applaud the centre-back’s achievement.
Didier Deschamps had the team gathered at a long table and said: "The squad is complete now, with Rafa. Well done, congratulations, he’s a European champion for the third time."
At this, the players broke into a round of applause, but it was notable that Griezmann, sitting at the head of the table beside Dimitri Payet, failed to acknowledge that 24-year-old’s achievement.
Having been criticised on social media, Griezmann followed up with: “Are you kidding me?!!!”
Despite presenting his defence, he was accused of being disrespectful to his colleague.
Et t'es content ? C'est un manque de respect. T'es le seul à faire ça. T'as trop pris la grosse tête, redescend mec ! — #MerciLacazette (@RemiPlisson) June 6, 2017
“And are you happy? It’s a lack of respect. You were along in doing that. You’ve taken a big head, comeback man!” one user Tweeted, although others argued it was simply a consequence of the rivalry between Real and Atleti.
Deschamps will certainly expect both to work together in tandem at the weekend, when France tackle Sweden, with a victory set to push them to the cusp of World Cup 2018 qualification.