The brilliant response Didier Deschamps gave Ngolo Kante for coming late to training

N’Golo Kante avoided punishment for turning up late to international duty when Didier Deschamps provided the perfect response.

A train delayed caused Kante to arrive almost 45 minutes late to France’s training base, but when he told Deschamps, the national coach responded: ‘But N’Golo, you are faster than the train.’

The Chelsea midfielder played in both the UEFA Nations League defeat to Holland and the 1-0 friendly victory over Uruguay.

The loss to a reinvigorated Dutch side means France will not feature in next summer’s Nations League semi-finals.

This is not the first time Kante’s coaches have made light of his high-energy on-field style.

During Leicester’s title-winning season in 2016, coach Steve Walsh joked that: ‘We play three in midfield – Danny Drinkwater in the middle and Kante either side.’

Kante recently penned a new £290,00-a-week, five-year contract to remain at Stamford Bridge, another step on his astronomical rise.

The 27-year-old was plucked from relative obscurity at Caen in 2015 and helped them to a premier League title before moving to Chelsea a year later and repeating the feat.

He has also won 36 caps for France and was an instrumental part of the side that won the World Cup this summer.

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