GFFN takes a look at what France manager Didier Deschamps’ squad for upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Brazil, to be announced this lunchtime, is likely to look like.
There shouldn’t be too many surprises in terms of goalkeepers from Deschamps. His established top three of Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda and Stéphane Ruffier are all fit and have not been performing poorly of late, with Mandanda likely to start at least one of these friendlies, in terrific form of late.
Starting with the left backs and Patrice Evra is almost certain of a place, a Deschamps favourite and in good form with the Serie A leaders Juventus at present. There are some doubts surrounding the second left-back slot, with Deschamps unhappy with the amount of playing time that PSG’s Lucas Digne has received lately. Benoit Tremoulinas has been performing well for Sevilla and is another option, so to is AS Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa, but the Monaco man has not been in the form that he was prior to his injury.
In the central defence Laurent Koscielny and Raphael Varane will be called up, with some doubts about Mamadou Sakho and Eliaquim Mangala. Loic Perrin is also an option, but his form has wained since his Arsenal-not-really-transfer-saga. Jérémy Mathieu is another option Deschamps will look at. Kurt Zouma is also a player who is being considered very seriously by the former Marseille boss.
At right-back, Christophe Jallet will be called up due to Mathieu Debuchy’s continued absence, with the second right-back slot going most probably to Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna. Sebastien Corchia of Lille is the other possibility in that area of the field.
In the midfield, Paul Pogba will not be included following his injury last night in the Champions League, Maxime Gonalons will feature, as will Mathieu Valbuena, Moussa Sissoko and Blaise Matuidi. Josuha Guilavogui and Geoffrey Kondogbia are in the mix for the first time in a while. Morgan Schneiderlin should hold down his place nonetheless, with Rio Mavuba now being phased out of the set up.
Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema are indispensable, as is Antoine Griezmann. Alexandre Lacazette’s form has dipped a little since his injury but should be included. There have been late rumours that Nabil Fékir won’t be called up for France after Deschamps was disappointed with the way in which Fékir used his name in interviews when confirming his decision to represent France. We shall see on that one. Otherwise André Pierre Gignac has a chance, Loïc Rémy less so after very little game time with Chelsea.