Wesley Fofana and Khéphren Thuram set for France call-ups

Fabrice Hawkins is reporting that Chelsea’s Wesley Fofana (22) and OGC Nice’s Khéphren Thuram (21) are set to receive their first call-ups to the French national team. 

Le Parisien reported last night that Thuram was “in pole position” to receive a call-up after displaying some of his best form for Les Aiglons under new manager Didier Digard. Thuram, son of Lillian and brother of Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Marcus, has featured 14 times for Les Bleus’ U21 side but was shortlisted for the first time by Didier Deschamps earlier this week. 

He is now set for his first call-up and will feature amongst a list of midfielders that will be largely unchanged from Deschamps’ World Cup squad. Olympique de Marseille’s Valentin Rongier and Mönchenglabch’s Manu Koné were in competition with Thuram for a call-up. 

Chelsea centre-back Fofana is another player who, despite featuring for the France U21 side, had never been shortlisted by Deschamps. He too is now set for a first call-up for the UEFA Euro Champions 2024 qualifiers against The Netherlands and Ireland later this month. 

Following his summer move from Leicester City, Fofana has struggled with injury, but since returning has been in good form for Graham Potter’s side, who are showing signs of a revival. Deschamps’ squad will be named at 14h00 local time.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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