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Didier Deschamps to announce France squad vs Bulgaria & the Netherlands today

France boss Didier Deschamps will make a squad announcement early this afternoon, naming the 23 men that he will involve in World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Netherlands today.

GFFN projects what the squad is set to look like.


Captain Hugo Lloris will return following an injury that kept him out of the previous squad, Steve Mandanda has shown improving form with Crystal Palace and will also be involved as the number two choice. Alphonse Areola was due to miss out after up until very recently failing to beat Kevin Trapp to the number one shirt for PSG, but that situation has changed recently, and it is now a dead heat between Costil and Areola for the third spot.


In the full-back positions, Layvin Kurzawa is in, Lucas Digne, despite his continued lack of playing time with Barcelona, is expected to pip Patrice Evra again to that second spot. On the right-hand side, Bacary Sagna will return, to the detriment of Sébastien Corchia most likely, with Djibril Sidibé retaining his place from the last squad.

At centre-back, the omissions of Kurt Zouma, Adil Rami, and Samuel Umtiti is likely to give Aymeric Laporte his first ever France call-up. Laurent Koscielny and Raphaël Varane are dead certs, with the final spot likely to be given to Eliaquim Mangala.


In midfield, as our colleagues at RMC point out, Deschamps will go for continuity over change with an identical selection from the one that was made earlier this month: N’Golo Kanté, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet, Moussa Sissoko, Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye.


Olivier Giroud is out, Kevin Gameiro is in. André-Pierre Gignac is somehow set to receive another call-up, with Antoine Griezmann also a certainty. The final three places will be fought out between Nabil Fékir, Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembélé and Kingsley Coman, with the Manchester United man currently the most likely to miss out.

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