One month before the opening of the Euro and one week before the announcement of the list of 26 players for the France team, Didier Deschamps already seems to have a good part of the names in mind but retains some uncertainties.
Didier Deschamps warned: he will not play “Santa Claus” to compose his list of 26 players. No novice to wait (Vererout, Koundé?), Nor Karim Benzema a priori. In just a month (June 11), the Euro will begin and the France team should approach it without much surprise within its workforce. The coach has a clear idea of the skeleton of his team but recognizes uncertainties about recovering players like Corentin Tolisso or Anthony Martial, returning to training earlier than expected after fairly heavy injuries.
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There is also doubt about Ferland Mendy, absent for three weeks and unavailable for Real Madrid’s last matches. Thomas Lemar will miss Atlético’s next two games. Deschamps will remove the doubt on May 18 when the announcement of his list on TF1 and M6. While knowing that things could still evolve until June 1, deadline for the submission of lists to UEFA.
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The coach will follow with a little apprehension the last matches of national competitions but also the final of the Champions League between Chelsea and Manchester City, on May 29 (9 p.m., on RMC Sport 1) which will concern N’Golo Kanté, Olivier Giroud , Kurt Zouma, Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial will be affected by the Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal on May 26.
DD will always be able to replace an injured player after June 1 until the first game of the Blues, on the 15th against Germany, as authorized by the European confederation in the event of serious injury or Covid-19. The enlargement of the lists from 23 to 26 players gives him a little leeway by imagining (without his having confirmed it) that he will distribute his three reinforcements in each of the lines except that of the goalkeepers (at this post, a player may be called throughout the competition in the event of an injury or a positive coronavirus case). In the idea, a little more than fifteen players seem almost certain to compete in the competition, except injury.
Still doubts in the middle
Things already seem to be playing out for goalkeepers and defenders, and even for attackers. Called up at the start of the season, Marcus Thuram fell in the hierarchy, behind Wissam Ben Yedder and his big season with Monaco. Nabil Fekir also seems left behind. There are still doubts in the midfield.
Returned at the last meeting, Tanguy Ndombélé has been rather discreet in the club since. Something to hope for among those absent in March, Steven Nzonzi, Eduardo Camavinga or Houssem Aouar, whose playing time increases after his muscle injury. If they are not selected, all these players could be invited to follow an individual preparation and be ready in case of withdrawal before June 15.
The possible list of the Blues at the Euro:
Goalies (3): Lloris, Mandanda, Maignan
Defenders (9 players?):
Some: Varane, Pavard, Hernandez, Kimpembe
Probable: Dubois, Lenglet, Digne, Zouma
Possible: F. Mendy, Laporte, B. Mendy, Aguilar
Midfielders (7 or 8 players?):
Some: Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot
Probable: Ndombélé, Sissoko, Lemar
Possible: Aouar, Camavinga, Tolisso, Nzonzi
Forwards (6 or 7 players?)
Some: Giroud, Griezmann, Mbappé, Coman, Dembélé
Probable : Ben Yedder
Possible : Thuram, Fekir