Nkunku time and an opening right?

Didier Deschamps will announce this Thursday, at 2 p.m., the list of players selected for the friendly matches of the French team against Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa at the end of March. In great form, Christopher Nkunku could be called up.

The next two friendly matches for the French team, against Côte d’Ivoire (March 25 in Marseille) and South Africa (March 29 in Lille) could allow Didier Deschamps to open the doors of the Blues to new players. It is this Thursday at 2 p.m. that the coach will reveal his list. The first name that comes to mind is of course that of former Parisian Christopher Nkunku, who is having a great season with Leipzig with 26 goals in all competitions.

He could be called for the first time with the As to reward his good performances. In attack, Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Moussa Diaby, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé should always be present. No return, however, for Olivier Giroud despite his interesting performances with AC Milan. Same observation for Ousmane Dembélé, who has found playing time at FC Barcelona but who will have to wait a few more weeks.

At the goalkeeper level, the return of Mike Maignan (AC Milan) as number 2 is expected. He was injured last November and the presence of Alphonse Areola (West Hamp) as number 3 should be confirmed even if the Nantes player Alban Lafont was, according to our information, pre-summoned by the staff for the first time.

Dubois not selected?

In defense, the last average performance of Léo Dubois with Lyon could redistribute the cards in the right lane behind Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich). Nordi Mukiele has played little with RB Leipzig for some time. Could this offer an opening to Jonathan Clauss who is regular with Lens and that the Sang et Or supporters have been asking for in the France team since the start of the season?

Deschamps had not closed the door to him last December on RMC in “Rothen ignites”. “Jonathan Clauss, I know him. Lens fans watch Lens and each have a vision. Jonathan Clauss, I watch him. He is capable of doing very, very good things. Let him continue. His age (29) n “It’s not a problem, I called Jordan Veretout. May he be very good with Lens, so much the better for him and continue,” said the coach.

Zouma will not be retained

Kurt Zouma (West Ham) will not be retained after his history of the video where he was seen abusing his cat at the beginning of February. An act that had been condemned by the coach. His absence will be compensated by the return of Mancunian Raphaël Varane (injured in November) and the presence of the versatile Jules Koundé (FC Sevilla) and Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich). On the left, Madrid’s Ferland Mendy was a possibility, but he picked up an injury and will therefore be out. It also remains to be seen whether Lucas Digne, who chose to change clubs this winter to join Aston Villa, will be called up.

In the middle, no a priori change in perspective compared to the last list: Mattéo Guendouzi (OM) and Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco) to accompany N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Manchester United) and Adrien Rabiot (Juventus) .

These two friendlies, as well as the four matches scheduled in June plus two in September counting for the League of Nations will be the only ones to prepare for the next World Cup in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022, the draw of which will take place in Doha. the 1st of April.

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