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Today’s France Squad Announcement: what to expect

This afternoon France manager Didier Deschamps will announce his squad to face the Ivory Coast and Sweden in upcoming friendly and World Cup qualification encounters. Here is what to expect.

Goalkeepers:

No change here when compared to previous squads: captain Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda who has impressed with Crystal Palace, and PSG’s newfound first choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola will all be called up.

Defenders:

Laurent Koscielny and Raphaël Varane are undroppable, with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti expected to return. For the final central defensive spot, Aymeric Laporte appears to have the edge on Eliaquim Mangala and Adil Rami. At right-back, Bacary Sagna continues to have injury troubles and Christophe Jallet’s non-selection with Lyon will ensure that Djibril Sidibé and Sébastien Corchia receive call-ups.

At left-back, Layvin Kurzawa and Lucas Digne are receiving adequate playing time for PSG and Barcelona respectively and will receive call-ups.

Midfielders: 

No surprises here: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kanté, Moussa Sissoko and Dimitri Payet are all certain to receive call-ups. There is a question mark between Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot. As of last night, it appeared that Didier Deschamps himself had yet to make up his mind on the pair.

Attackers:

Atletico Madrid duo Kevin Gameiro and Antoine Griezmann will be there, as will Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. For the final three spots, there are considerable questions being raised. Deschamps’s obsession with Nabil Fékir should see him called up, even if his performances are not deserving of it. André Pierre Gignac will not be joining the squad, with Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman both in serious danger of not being given the nod. Alexandre Lacazette and Ousmane Dembélé are causing Deschamps headaches in this sector of the pitch at the moment.

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