Wissam Ben Yedder “disappointed” after France snub

AS Monaco manager Philippe Clement has said that Wissam Ben Yedder (32) was “disappointed” not to be included in France’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. 

Ben Yedder has 19 caps for Les Bleus and has scored three goals. He has been a regular in Didier Deschamps’ side since 2019, making the majority of the national team squads. However, after a difficult start to the season, the AS Monaco striker was left out of the France squad for the September fixtures. 

Despite a notable uptick in form, the former Sevilla striker couldn’t force his way back into Deschamps’ plans. Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema will go to Qatar as France’s out-and-and striker options. Ben Yedder has never gone to the World Cup and given he will be 36 by the time of the next one, it is unlikely that he will ever compete in the competition. 

“[Wissam Ben Yedder] was disappointed. But he isn’t a kid. He has experience. He knew this was a possibility. Obviously, it’s not the best for him, but he has been good in training and we don’t know what could still happen,” said Clement in a pre-match press conference, transcribed by Nice-Matin, ahead of Sunday’s match against Marseille. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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