Football – French women’s team. Deacon opens his group at least


The national coach had promised novelty for the October friendly meetings in Germany and Sweden. In the end, she called on a single novice.



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Wendie Renard recalled, Sandy Baltimore dismissed, unexpected calls and some injuries: Corinne Deacon presented Thursday a slightly revised list for the October rally, already focused on the Women’s World Cup next summer.

To face Germany on October 7 in Dresden, then Sweden on October 11 in Gothenburg, the coach has released a relatively expected group of 23 players, led by defender and captain Renard, back from injury. The main surprise lies in the absence of Sandy Baltimore (22 years old, 19 caps): the Paris SG midfielder is suffering from lackluster club performances at the start of the season. « It’s a choice of the moment, compared to his performances, which I judge today a little below, but nothing too bad »said the technician, completing: “It’s a selection at a given time, which will also allow me to see Lindsey Thomas and Faustine Robert. ». The first (27) plays for AC Milan and has never been called up before. The second (28 years old), similarly attacking, in Montpellier, displays 2 capes which date back to the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.

At odds with Deacon, former Captain Henry was again left out

Having promised in September « opening » for this October list, Deacon finally gave a chance to only one element of the future, the midfielder of PSG Laurina Fazer (18 years old). “I especially watched her during the last U20 World Cup, she had a good tournament. The idea is to still integrate young people.justified the coach, in search of alternatives in a midfield always deprived of the ex-captain Amandine Henry (33 years old), cold with her boss.

The attacking players of Paris FC Clara Matéo and Ouleymata Sarr are absent due to injury, as is the center forward and scorer of PSG Marie-Antoinette Katoto, seriously injured in the knee during the European Championship in July, and the Lyon full-back Griedge Mbock, whose season ended prematurely at Sedan in a recent France-Greece friendly.

Some Clairefontaine regulars, like Viviane Asseyi in the middle or Perle Morroni behind, will have to wait to see the Yvelines training center again.

Les Bleues are preparing for the World Cup which will be held from July 20 to August 20, 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. They qualified there thanks to a flawless run (ten wins in ten matches) in the playoffs.

The list of 23 Bleues for the October rally

Babysitters (3)

Mylène Chavas (Bordeaux), Justine Lerond (Metz / D2), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus Turin / Ita)

Defenders (8)

Selma Bacha (Lyon), Hawa Cissoko (West Ham London/Eng), Elisa De Almeida (Paris Saint-Germain), Sakina Karchaoui (Paris SG), Ève Perisset (Chelsea London/Eng), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aïssatou Tounkara (Chelsea/Eng)

Backgrounds (6)

Charlotte Bilbault (Montpellier), Kenza Dali (West Ham / Ang), Laurina Fazer (Paris SG), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Ella Palis (Bordeaux), Sandie Toletti (Real Madrid / Esp)

Forwards (6)

Kessya Bussy (Reims), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris SG), Melvine Malard (Lyon), Faustine Robert (Montpellier), Lindsey Thomas (AC Milan/Ita)






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