While this September 30 marks the 35 years of Olivier Giroud, Didier Deschamps once again did without the services of the French for the two matches of the Final Four of the Nations League.
There was no miracle for Olivier Giroud. As expected, the tricolor world champion does not appear among the 23 Blues summoned by Didier Deschamps for the Final Four of the Nations League, where the Blues will notably meet Belgium, on October 7, in the semi-final. If his absence last month did not fail to surprise given his form displayed with AC Milan, the difficulties encountered by the former Gunner since the last international break did not plead in his favor.
Tested positive for the coronavirus at the beginning of the month, the Savoyard subsequently suffered from low back pain, earning him again ten days of absence. For three weeks, the Milan striker has had to be content with three meager appearances with the key three benefits at the very least sluggish. Also, while the Blues will have to do without Kingsley Coman, recently operated on for a cardiac arrhythmia, Didier Deschamps has renewed his confidence in Anthony Martial, however reduced to the minimum portion at Manchester United, In addition to the indestructible Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema, Wissam Ben Yedder and Moussa Diaby were also selected, unlike Thomas Lemar.
– France team ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) September 30, 2021
Pavard and Hernandez back
In midfield, two absences were acquired, those of N’Golo Kanté and Corentin Tolisso, both on the flank. To support Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and Aurélien Tchouaméni, already become indisputable, Jordan Veretout, discreet in September, was entitled to a second chance. To his advantage in Marseille, Matteo Guendouzi was also recalled after making up for the defection of Corentin Tolisso during the last rally. Finally, Theo Hernandez, attractive during his first appearance for the Blues at the beginning of the month, was also recalled, this time as a midfielder.
In defense, the Blues recorded the notable returns of Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez and the former Madrilenian will therefore find Theo Hernandez there. The eldest of the Hernandez siblings being able to officiate in the axis alongside Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe, Clément Lenglet bears the brunt of these returns, Dayot Upamecano, Léo Dubois and Jules Koundé completing the list.