Pogba very uncertain, big doubts about Giroud, a (slightly) enlarged group… The latest trends on Deschamps’ list

FIGARO INFO – Didier Deschamps will announce his squad for the four June League of Nations meetings this Thursday.

With four games in eleven days (Denmark, Croatia, Austria and Croatia again) and a title defense in the Nations League, the Blues program promises to be relatively tight in June. Didier Deschamps knows this better than anyone and is counting on this streak that most of his players will start on May 28th in Clairefontaine to keep the flame alive for the World Cup in Qatar (November 21st to December 18th). This Thursday at 2 p.m. at the headquarters of the FFF, according to our information, the trainer is to announce an extended group of 24 or 25 elements, instead of the usual 23, to prevent any deformation or packages for elements with worn bodies after a season XXL. By the way, what about the composition of his group half a year before the World Cup?

Didier Deschamps alongside Guy Stephan and Franck Raviot PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / PANORAMA

The question that burns everyone’s lips is quickly conjured up. Will Olivier Giroud be in the French group? The second-best goalscorer in the team’s history (48 goals), called up in the last rally due to Karim Benzema’s injury and author of two goals in March’s win against Côte d’Ivoire (2-1) and South Africa (5-0) shouldn’t be in the game.

No Giroud to let the trio Griezmann-Mbappé-Benzema develop in complete serenity?

In his opinion, Didier Deschamps does not want to find himself in the same situation as at the Euro with Giroud on the bench behind the Benzema-Mbappé-Griezmann trio and dealing with delicate situations. Even if the AC Milan forward (35 years old, 12 goals in all competitions this season) was present during the last international series, the return of Benzema (who won the Champions League final at the Stade de France on Saturday 28th v Liverpool denies) return close the debate. A decision that must be commented on and would clearly announce Giroud that without the withdrawal of one of the officiating attackers, his future at Blue would be written in dotted lines more than ever…

Pogba would like to be there, the Blues employees doubt his physique

An absence that would benefit Christopher Nkunku, recently voted the Bundesliga’s best player and much appreciated by the staff, and Wissam Ben Yedder, author of a great season with ASM, as evidenced by his 24 Ligue 1 goals. For the rest of the offensive sector, there remains uncertainty over a possible return for Ousmane Dembélé, who is returning to good levels with FC Barcelona and has not been in the selection since the Euro.

Konaté is on Deschamps’ radar

Elsewhere in the game, Paul Pogba’s calf injury has left Blues staff feeling pessimistic in recent hours. The player, part of the Blues, would love to come to Clairefontaine but his physical condition leaves little room for doubt. In the event of a package, Eduardo Camavinga’s fine performances at Real Madrid could offer him a ticket to the castle. Benjamin Pavard, lost due to Covid-19 last March, is now viewed by Didier Deschamps as an axial defender if the 3-4-3 is maintained. A doubt remains between William Saliba, who discovered the Blues during the last rally and is threatened by Ibrahima Konaté, Champions League finalist with Liverpool. A tracked item.

Can the perspective of an enlarged group prompt the arrival of new minds? The names of Nantes Randal Kolo Muani and Alban Lafont or Rennais Martin Terrier and Benjamin Bourigeaud have kept coming back in recent days. This may not be enough to integrate the French group. Reply this Thursday at 2pm.

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