Didier Deschamps has faced numerous interruptions to form his squad for the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18). We present 11 types of the French national team.
Mike Maignan (Milan)
AC Milan goalkeeper, who will be assistant to Hugo Lloris in the goals of the French team, will not participate in the first world championship. Mike Maignan, who picked up a calf injury during the Blues’ build-up in September, finally repeated in the weeks before Didier Deschamps’ list was announced, with Steve Mandanda called up to replace him.
Jonathan Klaus (Marseille Olympic Games)
Marseille’s right wing has been one of the biggest disappointments of this World Cup. Although he could logically claim a place as a piston in the three-man defense mainly used by Didier Deschamps since the Euros, he has paid the price for changing the system and reverting to a four-man defense, which has been linked to numerous injuries in the workforce. .
Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa)
He could also take place on the 26th. Although he joined the France squad during the previous rallies, the former centre-back was switched to guard, especially thanks to his versatility as a solution for Didier Deschamps. The Aston Villa player, who suffered a knee injury at the end of September, has lost confidence in the eyes of the head coach and does not see himself on the list.
Presnel Kimpembe (Paris-Saint-Germain)
A big blow for the Blues. Despite the recent injury to his Achilles tendon, the Parisian world champion did everything to be on the trip to Qatar, but in agreement with the medical staff of the French team, he estimated that he was not sufficiently recovered to participate in the competition. Monegasque Axel Disa was called up in his place.
Lucas Digne (Aston Villa)
The bad luck continues for Lucas Digne. The Aston Villa player, who has been the victim of huge competition for the left-back position with the Hernandez brothers and especially Ferland Mendy (not selected), has been given the opportunity to play his second in the world since the 2014 game in Brazil. Regularly called up between majors, he failed to make the final roster as he did in 2018.
Paul Pogba (Juventus Torino)
This is the end of a soap opera that has the whole of France in doubt. A true part of the Blues under Didier Deschamps, the Turin Juventus midfielder, who underwent knee surgery in September, has organized his entire schedule to return in time for the World Cup. Unfortunately, time is running out for Paul Pogba after more than four months out.
Ngolo Kante (Chelsea)
This is also one of the pillars of the French team. But like his midfield partner Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante was not delivered in time for the World Cup in Qatar. The player of “Chelsea” will be away from green fields for 4 months after he injured his knees.
Martin Terrier (Stade Rennais)
If he did not experience the smallest selection with the Blues, the Stade Rennais striker embodied a reliable surprise in the list of Didier Deschamps, because he is on fire with the club (11 goals). Victims of fierce competition in the attacking sector, Rennais will still have to wait to taste the joy of the French team.
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
This is probably the unluckiest of those who did not participate in this World Cup. He was injured in training after coming into contact with RB Leipzig striker Eduardo Camavinga while being selected and involved in the squad at Clairefontaine, ready to fly to Qatar to play in his first World Cup. A victim of a sprained knee, he was replaced at short notice by Randal Kolo Muani.
Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)
Young and talented Moussa Diaby was ultimately not selected by Didier Deschamps to compete at the World Cup, having joined the France squad on several occasions recently. Hindered by the return of Ousmane Dembélé and Kingsley Coman, the Bayer Leverkusen striker will have to be patient to take his first steps at the World Cup.
Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco)
Wissam Ben Yedder, often likable but never convincing, pays the price for his often disappointing performances in Blue. Monegasque are also suffering from the brilliant form of Olivier Giroud, who has not stopped scoring against AC Milan. For Wissam Ben Yedder, the missed match was probably the last chance to compete in the World Cup.
On the bench
Alban Lafont (Nantes), Benuit Badiashile (Monaco), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Mohamed Simakan (RB Leipzig), Nabil Fekir (Betis Sevilla), Tanguy Ndombele (Naples), Antony Martial (Manchester United).