What we know and don’t know about Deschamps’ list

The exercise is dangerous and always causes debate. Didier Deschamps will announce his list for his third World Cup in charge of the Blues this Wednesday, November 9. If the world of football regularly praises the reservoir of French talent, the Blues manager must face an avalanche of injuries and uncertainties this time. A few hours before the list is revealed, we summarize what we know and what we don’t.

They will definitely go to Qatar

While some are looking forward to Didier Deschamps’ performance before preparing their work, others have already packed their bags. That’s the captain’s job, of course Hugo Lloris he will keep the goal of the blues for the fourth time in the world championship. The same for Munich residents Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, who returned with Bayern last Saturday. The two 2018 world champions have been part of the coach’s main squad since the World Cup in Russia. Always in the back row, Theo Hernandez He will also visit Qatar. Adductors was a victim of a tear, the AC Milan side was not in the group in September, but he has been unchanged for a year and a half. There is no doubt that the 25-year-old will be on the way, as his profile fits the left-wing piston role that Deschamps is looking for in a 3-4-3.

The absence of Kante and Pogba in midfield changed the cards. Considering these packages, Aurelien Tchouameni appears to be the main element of the group. The Real Madrid midfielder has started all the Nations League games and is yet to be in the XI against Australia on November 22. Next to him, Didier Deschamps could be trusted Adrien Rabiot. In this largely renewed environment and without real international experience, the Turin Juventus player has the advantage of experience.

The attacking trio of Euro 2021 will be renewed at the 2022 World Cup: Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe on the list and will definitely be in the eleventh. The Real Madrid forward has been sidelined with muscle fatigue, but the injury is not a concern for the Blues’ medical staff. As for Kylian Mbappe, the PSG forward asked to leave Sunday’s Lorient, but his coach and then sporting director reassured everyone: he is fine.

Giru should be there and so should Varan

The existence of a few months agoOlivier Giroud Could look fantastic at the World Cup. The Blues striker barely played during Euro 2021 and has expressed his feelings about Kylian Mbappe. Ignored during the Blues’ various rosters, we thought the former Gunner had ended his story with the French team. And if Didier Deschamps recalled him well last March to compensate for the Benzema package, the coach still doubted his ability to change as a substitute.

But often Giroud forced the decision on the ground. The AC Milan striker continued his good performances with the Scudetto-winning club and scored a goal and provided an assist against Austria in September. According to RMC Sport, it seems that Olivier Giroud will appear on the list of globalists. To whom wrist strength.

Another world champion and any other situation Raphael Varane. On October 22, he injured his thigh in the “Manchester United” – “Chelsea” match and left in tears. After that, the defender, who has 87 games (5 goals), is on the test of time to be ready to play his third World Cup. If he hasn’t played for his club since then, the former Real Madrid player should be able to take his place, according to L’Équipe.


If Didier Deschamps has to regularly inquire about the fitness of many players who have physical problems, it has already been established for two of them: N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. The former is suffering from a hamstring injury and should gradually be able to compete in early 2023.

In addition to his work outside of sports, the work of the latter has long revived the debate, but the sentence is the same. After returning from a long injury to the right knee, a blow to the thigh, Paul Pogba He had to miss the world championship in Qatar.


For the rest, some uncertainties remain. Starting with one that encompasses its existence Mike Maignan. The goalkeeper of “Milan” was out of the field after the France-Austria match on September 22 because he hit his calf. Although he resumed training a few weeks ago, the former Lille player has since relapsed and his condition is still unclear.

Defensive situation Presnel Kimpembe worried The Parisian missed a month and a half, then played two games against Maccabi Haifa and Troyes. According to RMC Sport, a small crack in the Achilles tendon was detected during the examination, but this should not prevent him from participating in the World Cup. Kimpembe should resume collective training this Thursday and could play against Auxerre this Sunday (1pm).

hit the thigh Jules Kounde it is also one of the uncertain ones. A hamstring injury hampers the ex-Sevillian, who was out of the FC Barcelona squad again on Tuesday. However, his coach Xavi was quite confident, evaluating this injury as “minor”.

A roster of 23 players… or more?

Will they be 23 or more? As at the last Euros, coaches now have the option to name up to 26 names on the Globalists list. If he took advantage of this new rule in Euro by calling 26 players, Didier Deschamps did not specify how many players will be in the group this time.

If he has never been a fan of the bigger groups, the coach has to deal with some uncertainty about the form of some. Known for his pragmatism, he could have the idea of ​​expanding his squad to be able to protect certain players in certain matches.

It should be noted that according to FIFA rules, “a player on the final list can be replaced only in case of serious illness or injury, no later than 24 hours before the start of the first game of his team”, that is, until November 21. For the blues.

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