After losing the final of Qatar World Cup 2022 with Argentina, the French coach, Didier Deschamps, has provided the squad list for the next FIFA date where it is clear who will lead the French national team’s re-trial and which players will have no chance. France’s duels this month will be at home against the Netherlands (March 24) and in Ireland (March 27), at the start of the Euro 2024 qualifying phase.
The French coach has once again called up “his 9”, the veteran Olivier Giroud (36 years old) and has added three newcomers (Khéphren Thuram, Wesley Fofana, Brice Samba) to his first squad after his second place at the World Cup in Qatar- 2022. With the obvious presence of Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Kolo Muani, press inquiries highlighted the absence of Karim Benzema, the player who continues to score goals in Europe but who hasn’t been in the squad for the majority of the process of the French technician. .
“I’ve already told you what happened (at the last World Cup), it’s a closed question, which belongs to the past. For me, the important thing is the future, it’s the two games we have ahead of us with these 23 players,” said the coach during the presentation of his first squad of the year. And he condemned: “It’s the past.”
Benzema treated Deschamps as a “liar” and a “clown” through social networks, after the coach assured in an interview that the Real Madrid player voluntarily left the French concentration camp in Qatar after being diagnosed with an injury.
The striker, who promised explanations “for the people”, did not want to refer to the case last night after the Champions League match against Liverpool in which he got through to the quarter-finals.
“Nothing to say,” said the player when asked about his relationship with Deschamps.
The footballer’s entourage hinted that the player wanted to stay and could play in the last matches of the World Cup, but it was Deschamps who asked him to leave the concentration camp.
Several currently injured players do not appear on Deschamps’ list: Lucas Hernández, Ousmane Dembélé, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Ferland Mendy or Christopher Nkunku
France’s squad list
Alphonse Areola (West Ham/ENG)
Mike Maignan (Milan/ITA)
Brice Samba (Objective)
Youssouf Fofana (Munich)
Adrien Rabiot (Juventus)
Aurélien Tchouameni (Real Madrid/ESP)
Khephren Thuram (Nice)
Jordan Veretout (Marseille)
Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen/GER)
Olivier Giroud (Milan/ITA)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP)
Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER)
Kylian Mbappé (Paris SG) Marcus Thuram
With information from EFE and AFP
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