France’s national team boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Real Madrid player Eduardo Camavinga (20) will feature as a left-back for the next international break, most certainly as a back-up for AC Milan’s Théo Hernandez (25).
Deschamps has announced his first France’s squad of the year as Les Bleus will kick on their qualifying campaign for the Germany-hosted Euro 2024 in the coming weeks. France will host the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Friday March 24 and they will travel to Dublin to face Ireland three days later.
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As Deschamps listed the players from the goalkeepers to the strikers and alphabetically, Camavinga was the first outfield player to be named by the France’s boss, confirming he was now considered a defender. The former Rennes midfielder was used as a left-back by Deschamps in the World Cup. Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti also used him as a left-back at the Club World Cup in early February and five times in La Liga most recently, even if it is not Camavinga’s favourite position.
“I consider him as a left-sided full-back“, said Deschamps on Camavinga. “Like other players, his versatility is very interesting but, on this international break and given the requirements and what he showed he could do, he tends to give me more guarantees in this position. He won’t be surprised. I already have discussions with him, even recently, about the way we’ll use him.“
GFFN | Bastien Cheval