New dean of the selection since the international retirement of Steve Mandanda, Olivier Giroud is a good part of it, alongside Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, basic attackers of Deschamps’ standard team.
No newcomer is to be reported in attack, where Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen) is making his return. Three other Bundesliga strikers are present: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt) and Marcus Thuram (Mönchengladbach).
Injuries, current or recent, have left several executives on the floor (Lucas Hernandez, Ousmane Dembélé, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Ferland Mendy, Christopher Nkunku…), which allowed the coach to inject new blood for this first post-World stage.
“The group, due to the stoppage of the international career of several players, would have had to be rejuvenated, with less experience, but always in a sporting logic”, declared Didier Deschamps during a press conference. “In my mind there is always to prepare for the medium term, so it means seeing players in the group and on the pitch, to have answers for the future while maintaining competitiveness, because we will be in tough everything immediately,” he added.