On November 9, France national team coach Didier Deschamps will reveal his list of players selected to compete in the 2022 World Cup. Ahead of D-Day, discover the main trends that are emerging.
23, 24, 26… A list of how many?
Before even wondering about the identity of the players retained by Didier Deschamps, there is a big question to be resolved: how many elements will the coach take to Qatar? FIFA has authorized lists of 26, but DD has not hidden since the last Euro that he is not in favor of these extended lists due to the added difficulties they generate in terms of human management, with more frustrated substitutes whose spirits must be saved. Therefore, the coach could fall back to a list of 23 or even to a list of 24, giving Paul Pogba, who underwent meniscus surgery in September, a chance to be restored in time for the competition.
The 3 goalkeepers for the 2022 World Cup
A priori, this is the position where there are fewer uncertainties. The starter Hugo Lloris and his liner Mike Maignan leave several lengths early. The second named is currently injured but must be reinstated for the World Cup. Alphonse Areola should accompany them although Steve Mandanda (Rennes) and Alban Lafont (Nantes) remain possible options.
A reinforced defense
A priori, between 8 and 10 defenders will be retained by DD, depending on whether or not he wants to double all his defense positions to five, a formula that has been favored in recent months. In the center, stalwarts like Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández (who should finally be able to) and Jules Koundé almost certainly leave, as does William Saliba, who continues to score points. Benoît Badiashile (AS Monaco), author of a successful debut, Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), who returns well to the club, and Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), who returns from injury, could compete for the last place, while Wesley Fofana (Chelsea) starts further away due to his injury, which should sideline him until the beginning of November.
In the right lane, the suspense is almost non-existent and it is Benjamin Pavard and Jonathan Clauss who will be vying for a starting spot. On the left side, he is more vague behind Théo Hernández, but Lucas Digne should accompany him if he is fit. Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid) is ready in case…
The sores in the middle
Between the recurring physical failures of N’Golo Kanté, the race against the clock started by Paul Pogba to be ready for the competition and the emergence of Aurélien Tchouaméni, who will be difficult to return to the bench, the hierarchy is not as clear as one might imagine. in the middle. One thing is for sure: Adrien Rabiot is back and he should be part of the trip. In the absence of a package in this sector, the last place could well be played between Mattéo Guendouzi and Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco), who scored points during the last match. Jordan Veretout (OM), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) and Bouabacar Kamara (Aston Villa), probably out of the tournament, seem to start a little further.
Giroud, the great doubt in attack
As for the offensive sector, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema are untouchable, as is Kingsley Coman, absent from the last rally but who has just returned to play. A priori, in a configuration with 23, there would be two places left to fill. Despite Wissam Ben Yedder’s resounding awakening with Monaco (5 goals scored in 2 games), Olivier Giroud, who never disappointed at Blue, again made his case effectively during the last rally and DD will have a hard time justifying the absence of the. The last position will probably be played by Ousmane Dembélé, who has a streak of games with FC Barcelona and who has a dribbler and striking profile that is not so widespread, and Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig), the perfect substitute for Griezmann on paper. The other “Germans” Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt) and Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen) should only be invited in case of a list of 26.
Didier Deschamps’ likely list at 24
Guardians (3): Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Alphonse Areola (West Ham).
Defenders (10): Raphaël Varane (Manchester United), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Jules Koundé (FC Barcelona), William Saliba (Arsenal), Benoît Badiashile (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Clauss ( Olympique de Marseille), Théo Hernández (AC Milan), Lucas Digne (Aston Villa).
Backgrounds (5): N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Juventus Turin), Mattéo Guendouzi (Olympique de Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus Turin), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid).
Forwards (6): Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona).