Why be original when you are satisfied with what you have in stock? This Thursday, Didier Deschamps announced the list of 24 players selected for the Nations League matches to be played on June 3, 6, 10 and 13 against Denmark, Croatia, Austria and Croatia again. No surprise, except for a new kid.
Giroud, the great absentee
Recalled in March to compensate for the absence of Karim Benzema, back this time, the AC Milan striker was not renewed. A strong choice of the coach who had established him on the matches played, against South Africa (5-0) and Côte d'Ivoire (2-1). Giroud had scored twice. Not enough to return. “I want to give other offensive players the opportunity to get tougher,” Deschamps defended. He cited Christopher Nkunku, Moussa Diaby and Wissam Ben Yedder "all performing very well too".
Six months before the World Cup (November 21-December 18), Giroud therefore sees his turn pass once again, even if nothing is ruled out in the future. To the question, "Giroud or Benzema in your mind?" “, the response of DD, a bit annoyed, was the following:” I leave you free to your hasty conclusions. »
“The moment” for Kamara
This is the only surprise on the list. The Marseillais Boubacar Kamara takes advantage of the absence of Paul Pogba, injured, in midfield to make his first appearance for the France team. At 22, he has been picked up for several months by Senegal, his father's country of origin, but Deschamps wants to see him at work. "He is there in relation to what he achieves with his club in a very particular register", commented the coach, believing that it was "the moment" to call the player.