Didier Deschamps chose Thursday August 26 to do without the services of Olivier Giroud for the resumption of qualifying for the World-2022 in early September, the coach of the Blues offering a first call to Théo Hernandez, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Jordan Veretout and Moussa Diaby.
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“It is simply a sporting choice of the moment, compared to a list of 23 (players) and the competition”, with in particular the return of Anthony Martial in the group, justified the coach about Giroud, new center-forward of AC Milan (34 years old) who moved away from the France team at 15 months of the World Cup in Qatar.
The absence of Giroud, “It’s my choice today. It is up to Olivier to continue to be efficient, he is always available ”, added the coach, recalling that “His situation changed with his transfer to AC Milan where he found a lot more playing time”.
First call-up for four players
Didier Deschamps also called for the first time defender Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), brother of Lucas Hernandez, midfielders Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco) and Jordan Veretout (AS Rome), striker Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen).
– Moussa Diaby (@ MoussaDiaby_19) August 26, 2021
Euro 2021: a halt for Didier Deschamps
The technician also recalled two players absent from the last lists, striker Anthony Martial (Manchester United), injured before the Euro and defender Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).
After the failure of the Euro, stopped in the round of 16 at the end of June, the France team made its comeback against Bosnia on 1er September in Strasbourg, before going to Ukraine on the 4th and receiving Finland three days later in Lyon.