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Lloris deserves 'global' recognition, says France teammate Matuidi

Lloris deserves 'global' recognition, says France teammate Matuidi

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The PSG man believes the Tottenham keeper is one of the world's best after helping France to a draw against Spain with a fine display, which included a penalty save

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi has hailed France team-mate Hugo Lloris as a "great goalkeeper,"saying the new Tottenham signing deserves to be recognized for his talents on a "global level."

France gained a deserved 1-1 draw against Spain in its Group I World Cup qualifying match in Madrid with the 25-year-old keeper making a fine stop to deny Cesc Fabregas from the penalty spot before Olivier Giroud headed home late on to snatch a point.

Despite the keeper struggling to get into Andre Villas-Boas' side ahead of Brad Friedel, Matuidi was full of praise for the talented former Lyon No.1.

"We have a great goalkeeper. [Lloris] should be recognized at the global level because as he deserves to be," he told reporters.

After saving Fabregas' spot kick, Lloris also made a superb double stop to deny the former Arsenal star and his Barcelona teammate Pedro before the break, playing a big part in ensuring France shared the points with their hosts.

And Matuidi was delighted with the result against the World and European champions, highlighting it as "the best of my career".

"Everybody saw us losing in Spain," he said. "But we showed that you can rely on us. There are a lot of qualities in this team. Solidarity, state of mind and talent."

The result leaves Spain and France tied on seven points after three games in Group I, with Vicente Del Bosque's side heading the group on goal difference. Nearest challengers Georgia is on four points having played a game more.


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