By Tony Hughes
The France dressing room falls silent when Hugo Lloris addresses the national team, according to Antoine Griezmann.
Lloris wears the armband for both Tottenham and his national side and has an unassuming presence away from the pitch.
The 29-year-old, who has reignited talks over a £26million Spurs deal, is held in high regard for club and country and France striker Griezmann delivered some insight into how much respect the goalkeeper has from his teammates.
“Hugo doesn’t speak that much, and keeps to himself more than Patrice Evra, but when he speaks, there’s a silence in the dressing room,” the Atletico Madrid man told L’Equipe, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
Lloris was appointed France captain in 2012 and is on course to become the most capped goalkeeper in his nation’s history.
The Spurs stalwart has a total of 82 senior caps and is closing in on Fabian Barthez’s record of 87 ahead of the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifying fixtures against Bulgaria and the Netherlands.
Lloris is equally integral at White Hart Lane, where he has established himself as one of the best keepers in the world since joining Tottenham from Lyon in 2012.
He was a key figure in the team that defied expectations to finish third in the Premier League last season and captained host nation France to a runners-up spot at Euro 2016.
Lloris has continued his fine form in the new campaign, in which he has started seven of Tottenham’s nine Premier League and Champions League matches and conceded just three goals.
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