Didier Deschamps at a press conference, August 30, 2018. REUTERS / Charles Platiau
Coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday (August 30th) summoned all the world champions for the two French team's restart matches in September, except goalkeeper number two Steve Mandanda, who was injured.
" For me, the months that followed 98 have been a bit arduous, " said Didier Deschamps at the press conference where the technician announced the list of 23 players who face Germany and the Netherlands the 6 and September 9 as part of the new League of Nations.
"DD" focused on the concept of group
Coach Didier Deschamps has summoned all the world champions, except goalkeeper number two Steve Mandanda, injured, replaced by Benoît Costil. "DD" has focused on the concept of group by returning to the identical, knowing that this workforce is particularly young, as he had himself repeatedly stressed during the competition in Russia.
Deschamps recalled central defender Adil Rami, who had announced his international retirement on the night of the final of the 2018 World Cup against Croatia on July 15 in Moscow (4-2). " Adil was in euphoria. He did not hesitate a second and is very happy to be with the group, "he said. " It is he who will have the final decision, it makes sense, " said Deschamps who will not remain " confined " to the world champion team for the next two years and the Euro 2020.
The opponents of the Blues are not just going to meet the French team, they will confront the world champions in title. "We will have to be at our level, but this coronation must not be a burden, but I know that the wait will be stronger we will not complain about having been world champion ," commented Deschamps. " On the athletic and emotional level we were all up there. We took advantage of it, but life does not stop. We left with new goals. It is certain that people's eyes are different, "says the coach, adding that his" players are human beings and they will have the right to be a little less well ".
The list of 23 Blues
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham / ENG)
Benoît Costil (Bordeaux)
Alphonse Areola (Paris SG)
Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid / ESP)
Presnel Kimpembe (Paris SG)
Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City / ENG)
Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart / GER)
Adil Rami (Marseille)
Djibril Sidibé (Monaco)
Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona / ESP)
Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid / ESP)
N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea / ENG)
Blaise Matuidi (Juventus / ITA)
Steven N'Zonzi (AS Rome / ITA)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United / ENG)
Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich / GER)
Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona / ESP)
Nabil Fekir (Lyon)
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea / ENG)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid / ESP
Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid / ESP)
Kylian Mbappé (Paris SG)
Florian Thauvin (Marseille)