no surprise in the list of Didier Deschamps, Ibrahima Konaté and Jonathan Clauss returning against the Netherlands and Scotland

The Blues will play two matches, one against the Netherlands in the Euro 2024 qualifiers and another against Scotland in a friendly, during the October rally.

The French team returns to return to victory. A month after the setback in Germany (1-2), the Blues will face the Netherlands on October 13 in Amsterdam, in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, and Scotland on the 17th during a friendly match in Lille. Coach Didier Deschamps revealed his list on Thursday October 5 for these two matches.

The technician focused on continuity, with only two changes compared to the last list: the return of Ibrahima Konaté and Jonathan Clauss. The Liverpool central defender missed the matches against Ireland (2-0 victory) and against Germany (2-1 defeat) due to a muscle injury. He will find his former friend at RB Leipzig Dayot Upamecano, as well as William Saliba, Jules Koundé, Lucas and Théo Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and therefore Jonathan Clauss. The Olympique de Marseille player had not worn the tricolor jersey since September 25, 2022 and a match against Denmark in the Nations League.

“There is a question of competition and he is doing good things at right-back, where he did not play last season and where he is playing more regularly this season. In my mind, whoever gets re-focused is “is Benjamin Pavard, who has more difficulties as a full-back and who no longer plays this position at all at Inter Milan”explained the coach.

In midfield, the Madrid duo Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga are present and already seem essential. Adrien Rabiot, Boubacar Kamara and Youssouf Fofana are also there. Despite good matches with Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, N’Golo Kanté was not selected. Same thing for the young Parisian Warren Zaire-Emery, who should be called up with the Bleuets for the Euro 2025 hopeful qualifiers.

A Parisian-style attack

Up front, Didier Deschamps relies in particular on the three Paris Saint-Germain attackers, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and Randal Kolo Muani, beaten on Newcastle’s pitch in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Olivier Giroud, Kingsley Coman, Marcus Thuram and Antoine Griezmann complete the French attack line. Moussa Diaby will still have to wait despite good performances with Aston Villa. Sparkling with Bayern Munich, Mathys Tel has not yet been selected with the A, despite excellent statistics for the club this season (decisive every 42 minutes).

Heroic with RC Lens against Arsenal on Tuesday in the Champions League, Brice Samba is summoned for this gathering. He will occupy the position of number two goalkeeper behind Mike Maignan, returning from injury after a thigh problem. Alphonse Aréola is the third last bastion on the list

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