Didier Deschamps will give a list of 23 players, Thursday March 18 at 2 p.m., to start the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. It will be his last before revealing those selected for Euro 2021 this summer. What was the previous summons from the coach of the Blues before major international competitions?
As always, and with each list of the Blues, we expect Didier Deschamps to take a surprise out of his hat, especially with the approach of major international competitions. Thursday March 18 at 2 p.m., the coach of the France team will give his list of players selected to face Ukraine (Wednesday March 24), Kazakhstan (Sunday March 28) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Wednesday March 31) , within the framework of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. This call is important since it is the last one before Euro 2021.
The former coach of Olympique de Marseille will he summon a novice or revive a former international during this last meeting before the Euro? If we trust the habits of the coach, continuity is often required.
His summons was anything but a surprise. After the end of his suspension from the French teams which had lasted 18 months because of a night out with the Espoirs, Antoine Griezmann was called up by Didier Deschamps in February 2014, to face the Netherlands, in a friendly match in early March , last outing before preparation for the World Cup in Brazil. Author of 15 goals in La Liga, the striker was very successful with Real Sociedad.
But he wasn’t the only young first on this list. Lucas Digne had also been summoned for the first time to the A to the detriment of Eric Abidal. The two players were then selected from the final list to participate in the World Cup.
Conversely, Dimitri Payet had not had this privilege. Called in the group of the Tricolores for the friendly match against the Dutch, he had not been retained in the 23 Blues who flew to Brazil. And even after the injuries of Franck Ribéry and Clément Grenier, the coach of the Blues had privileged Rémy Cabella and Morgan Schneiderlin to the detriment of the player of the Olympique de Marseille.
During his last list before Euro 2016, Didier Deschamps had privileged the experience to the youth. In great form with West Ham, Dimitri Payet had made his return to the Blues group, like Jérémy Mathieu, to face the Netherlands and Russia in the preparation matches. But as usual, the French coach had still called a novice by choosing N’Golo Kanté, very successful with Leicester, for the first time.
Not selected for the friendly matches before the Euro, Samuel Umtiti had managed to slip into the final list to participate in his first international competition. The packages of Raphaël Varane, injured in the thigh, Jérémy Mathieu, affected in the calf and Mamadou Sakho, under the disciplinary procedure of the UEFA following a positive doping control, had opened the doors of the A to the defender of Olympique Lyonnais.
For Euro 2016, the coach of the Blues had not done madness: he had summoned 20 of the 23 players he had taken for the friendlies of March 2016.