Get French Football News speculates the likely thought-processes that Didier Deschamps and his team have undergone in order to pick their latest French national squad which will be announced by Deschamps at 13.00 GMT.
Let’s start up front where it is all about Marseille striker Andre Pierre Gignac at the moment, who is the leading Ligue 1 goalscorer. The historical issue between Didier Deschamps and the OM man is that they had a poor relationship when France’s manager was in charge of the Velodrome-homed outfit. Will he put this previous bad blood behind him to give Gignac an opportunity? Jeremy Menez is another French attacker who has been in fine form of late, but it is perhaps expected that Deschamps will hold off at least another selection to see if the former PSG man can maintain his consistency in the Serie A. We can expect Alexandre Lacazette to remain in the squad, with Olivier Giroud out. Questions have been raised over Loic Remy’s legitimacy following his move from QPR to the Chelsea substitutes bench. Griezmann and Cabella are in periods of poorer form but should be selected.
In the midfield, continuity is, as ever, expected, minus a few injury-enforced changes. Mathieu Valbuena has recently undergone surgery and Deschamps might perceive it wise to leave him out on this occasion. Dimitri Payet might hope to seize his place instead, but the petite Dynamo Moscow man is not officially ruled out. Rio Mavuba has fallen foul to a thigh injury and will therefore miss out. Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Maxime Gonalons are all in contention, with the latter perhaps the front runner. Schneiderlin, Matuidi, Pogba, Cabaye and Sissoko should feature.
In defence, Didier Deschamps will have to do without Mamadou Sakho and Mathieu Debuchy who have both suffered injuries. Jeremy Mathieu is expected to take Sakho’s place, with Deschamps of the belief that it is far too early for Aymeric Laporte to be entering the first team squad. As for the right-back spot, the replacement, if it all, will not be Sebastien Corchia. Kevin Theophile Catherine, Francois Clerc and Christophe Jallet have all been “pre-selected”, with the latter perhaps the most likely to feature. It is also possible that Deschamps selects Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma who can fill in at right-back if necessary. Mangala, Varane, Koscielny, Sagna, Digne and Evra are all expected to feature.