France coach Deschamps announced the new list. Benzema, Kante and Pogba were rejected due to injuries, while Giroud and Dembele were called up again.
Eintracht Frankfurt center Muani, Monaco center back Benoit and his club teammate Yusuf Fofana were selected for the first time.
The French team will play the last two international matches ( Nations League ) before this year’s World Cup on September 22 and 25 against Austria and Denmark.
Selection of Benoit, Youssouf Fofana and Muani
For the selection of Benoit, Youssouf Fofana and Muani, Deschamps explained at a press conference after the call-up list was announced. “Benoit is part of the French U21s and he’s had a good start to the season at Monaco,” he said, “where his role as a defender played a part in his selection. No offense to him, but we’ve got different The young centre-back was injured. He’s a young player growing up.”
“We’ve been following Youssouf Fofana for a while. He’s playing in a very competitive position, but what he achieved last season, the performances since the start of this season have earned him a place in the national team. He A well-rounded midfielder, we’re in a position where we’re just short of a man.”
“Muani continues the excellent performance he did with Nantes last season, bringing us presence, depth and efficiency in attack.”
Recently, Deschamps’ favorite and Juventus midfielder Pogba has been in trouble. Not only was his brother Matthias accused of hiring a wizard to cast a spell on national team teammate Mbappe, but he also underwent surgery for a right knee meniscus injury. Deschamps said: “Paul will do his best to come back as soon as possible without taking any risks. However, no one can be sure whether he will return to the national team, neither him nor me.”
“The priority is to get him back from injury. I have never brought an injured person to an international tournament since I took office. Once he shows up at the World Cup, it means he is fully recovered.”
“I would not choose a player who is not fit. Some of you may remember that it was the case with Rafael Varane on the eve of Euro 2016, when he strained a muscle.”
The French squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham United), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Mike Meignan (AC Milan)
Defenders: Benoit Badiashile (Monaco), Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, on loan from Barcelona), Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)