France team: Deschamps list, orange light for Mbappé and Dembélé?
France striker Kylian Mbappe (g) talks to coach Didier Deschamps during a training session at the Stade de France on 12 June 2017
Will the presence of Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé in the French team for the shock against the Netherlands at the end of August be thwarted by their confrontational mercato? Didier Deschamps must decide on Thursday with a particularly awaited list.
Very much anticipated, as the reception of the Dutch on 31 August at the Stade de France is the last big date for the Blues in their qualifying group at the 2018 World Cup, where they are beaten by Sweden in goal difference and have Three points higher than the Oranje. France will then receive the modest Luxembourg on 3 September in Toulouse, before the final sequence in October (in Bulgaria on the 7th and against Belarus on 10th).
This last day of August will be more than ever doubtful: it coincides with the end of the mercato, which pours a good ladle of uncertainties into the blue tank, and primarily for the attackers Mbappé and Dembélé, who had illuminated The friendly match against England (3-2) on June 13, punctuating in a masterful way their excellent season in club.
Their grip in selection was drawn. But two months later, Mbappé (18 years) and Dembélé (20 years old) no longer participate in the Monaco and Dortmund matches, which they seem to want to leave to join the PSG and Barça, sourness.
It sounds like a DD dilemma: will Deschamps deprive themselves of them because of their lack of playing time, or will they call them all the same in the name of their superior qualities, their ability to eliminate?
– Fekir in sight –
Beyond “KML” (for Kylian Mbappé Lottin) and “Ous”, and knowing that the attack leader Antoine Griezmann remains untouchable, it is almost all the usual offensive sector of the Blues that coughs.
Dimitri Payet and Moussa Sissoko were threatened after their insipid performance in Sweden (French setback 2-1 in June). The first had a season start stopped by a wound in Marseille, the second remains alternate in Tottenham. Will they nevertheless be protected by their status as a manager?
We should see Thomas Lemar, always valuable in Monaco and more and more candidate for the tenure on the left side in blue, even Florian Thauvin, although less dashing at OM this summer than in spring.
The joy of midfielder Nabil Fekir after scoring a goal against Bordeaux, August 19, 2017 in Décines-Charpieu
And it’s hard to imagine DD not reminding Nabil Fekir: the new captain of Lyon attacked the season sharp and effective, to the point of appearing as the best current French contingent offensive. “His start to the season is almost perfect,” said his coach Bruno Genesio after the famous 54-meter goal by his versatile player.
Another element disappeared from the blue radars and returned in shape: Anthony Martial, author of beautiful performances in Manchester United. Not sure, for the time being, that this is enough for a return to grace from the winger.
– Rabiot and / or Tolisso? –
The forward posts are promised to Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette, now competing at Arsenal. A reminder of Karim Benzema, even if the case of sex tape unravels, would represent a huge coup de theater.
The rest of the group will probably be classic, including the foreseeable return of Steve Mandanda in lining captain Hugo Lloris, ahead of the third goalkeeper, Alphone Areola or Benoît Costil.
PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot congratulated by Neylmar and Di Maria after a goal against Toulouse at Parc des Princes on 20 August 2017
In the middle, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kanté have their presence assured. To complete this sector, DD has the choice between Adrien Rabiot, partner of Neymar to the PSG, Corentin Tolisso, already at ease in Bayern Munich, or even Tiémoué Bakayoko (Chelsea).
Behind, there is an uncertainty around the left back Benjamin Mendy, in the recovery phase with Manchester City. Lucas Digne could take advantage of it behind Layvin Kurzawa. No problem on the right with Djibril Sidibé and Christophe Jallet, as well as for three members of the central defense (Varane, Koscielny, Umtiti), assisted by a fourth player (Kimpembe, Rami or Zouma).