France U21 national team manager Sylvain Ripoll has this afternoon unveiled his squad to take on both England and Spain in a pair of friendly matches ahead of this summer’s European Championships in Romania and Georgia.
While several former youth internationals, such as Wesley Fofana and Khéphren Thuram, have made the jump up to the senior squad, Les Bleuets‘ team still includes world-class talent in every position. Among these are Premier League regulars Benoît Badiashile, Illan Meslier, and Michael Olise, as well as Lyon stars Maxence Caqueret and Rayan Cherki.
France U21 team to face England and Spain:
Goalkeepers: Stefan Bajic (Valenciennes), Lucas Chevalier (Lille), Illan Meslier (Leeds).
Defenders: Benoît Badiashile (Chelsea), Melvin Bard (Nice), Valentin Gendrey (Lecce), Pierre Kalulu (Milan), Castello Lukeba (Lyon), Warmed Omari (Rennes), Mohamed Simakan (Leipzig), Adrien Truffert (Rennes).
Midfielders: Maxence Caqueret (Lyon), Joris Chotard (Montpellier), Manu Koné (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Enzo Le Fée (Lorient), Michael Olise (Crystal Palace), Johann Lepenant (Lyon).
Forwards: Amine Adli (Bayer Leverkusen), Rayan Cherki (Lyon), Amine Gouiri (Rennes), Arnaud Kalimuendo (Rennes), Matthis Abline (Auxerre), Bradley Barcola (Lyon).