Euro Qualifiers 2024: Three players receive maiden call-up for France
Mike Maignan will become the French national team’s number-one goalkeeper after Hugo Lloris’ retirement.
In preparation for this month’s European Championship 2024 qualifiers against Holland and Ireland, Deschamps has named his first lineup ever since World Cup. Brice Samba, Khephren Thuram, and Fofana have all received their first calls from the team.Didier Deschamps has given Wesley Fofana his maiden call-up to the senior France national squad. Theo Hernandez, Jules Kounde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Ibrahima Konate are among the defenders that the French head coach has kept, mostly maintaining the defensive core that carried his team to the World Cup final in Qatar.
As Hugo Lloris announced his retirement from international competition following the World Cup, Mike Maignan, who had an injury during the tournament, is anticipated to take his place as the nation’s first choice.
Camavinga – left back role
Deschamps also has the option of using Youssouf Fofana in the middle of the pitch, despite already said that Camavinga will be primarily used as a left-back for this current camp.
Camavinga will be regarded as a left-back for this window, according to Deschamps. He is adaptable, but in this role, he provides me with more security. We’ve discussed it multiple times, so he won’t be startled. Deschamps does not have to worry about defensive or midfield alternatives if there are any.
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Both Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, the record scorer for France and a 36-year-old striker for AC Milan, are included. Kylian Mbappe will be attempting to get over the disappointment of Paris Saint-Germain’s repeated early elimination from the Champions League.
Kingsley Coman will resume his pivotal position in the team after his goal against the French giants proved crucial in determining Bayern Munich’s course past them.
World Cup midfield
Deschamps will once again be reliant on players like Adrien Rabiot and Aurelien Tchouameni, who were both excellent in the winter, for midfield control due to the dearth of midfield choices and the lack of minutes and playing time for players like Paul Pogba for their club.
Antoine Griezmann, who is coming off a challenging season with Atletico Madrid, may return to the midfield position where he excelled in Qatar.
And Randal Kolo Muani, who was a last-minute addition to the team for the winter World Cup but quickly became to fame throughout the world and is the subject of rumours that Manchester United and PSG are interested in him, has also been called up.
Muani, along with the rest of the team, will be attempting to move over their agonising penalty shootout loss to Argentina in December.
Prior to playing Ireland the Monday in Dublin, they play Holland on the following Friday.
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens)
Defenders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Wesley Fofana (Chelsea), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (OM), Khéphren Thuram (Nice).
Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico), Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Monchengladbach), Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen).
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