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Monday, October 22, 2012
Lloris: I'm still France No. 1

Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has claimed he is still France No. 1 regardless of his lack of playing time at his club.

• Spain 1-1 France

Lloris, 25, joined Spurs in the summer for a potential fee of 13 million but has since had to bide his time on the bench playing second fiddle to Brad Friedel.

The France international's situation at his club has led to some questioning his position for the national team.

But the former Lyon man, who started for his country in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Spain, believes his position for France is not under threat.

"I think selection for France and Tottenham are two singularly different things," he told Stade 2. "I did not need this match against Spain for my status as number one."

However, the goalkeeper, who has played in a World Cup, a European Championship and a Champions League semi-final, admits he is finding it tough to readjust to life sitting on the bench.

"It's not my motivation to be on the bench. I do not worry but I feel powerless, I want to play and I think I was brought to Tottenham for this purpose," Lloris said.

"I'm ambitious and I want to be on the pitch.

"I have respect for all the people in the club, but things are clear, I'm not here to live this situation any longer."

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