French team – Blues – Ben Yedder, Tolisso, Mandanda: The 8 losers who will probably not see the World Cup


They are eight to have probably realized that Qatar was almost gone for good this Thursday. Eight players who had good reason to find Clairefontaine next week. Either because their performances put them back in the discussion, or because they were part of the decor in recent months, or because the multiplication of absences freed up their place.

And yet, Didier Deschamps decided to do without it. Two months before the World Cup, where the circumstances will perhaps not be so favorable for their return, their international destiny has never been so fragile. If they could take advantage of a potential expansion of the list to 26 names in November, the coach has undoubtedly extinguished their hopes: « It’s harder to win games at 26 than at 23“, he confided…

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Steve Mandanda: What more can he do?

Holder in Rennes, when Alphonse Areola does not play in the Premier League, Steve Mandanda had every reason to think of a return to the France team. But Didier Deschamps continues to prefer the West Ham goalkeeper to him even though Mandanda has changed clubs to find the playing time he no longer had in Marseille. The coach has apparently turned the Mandanda page and now it is very difficult, except for the carnage as doorman, to imagine the former understudy of Hugo Lloris returning to the France team. What more can he do? He plays pretty well, Deschamps knows his service record. But that’s not enough for him.

Steve Mandanda with the France team

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Nordi Mukiele: Despite the absence of Coman

Nordi Mukiele’s international experience (one selection, one call-up) obviously has nothing to do with Mandanda’s career. But the absence of Kingsley Coman, injured, opened wide the doors of the Blues who have only one piston in stock (Jonathan Clauss). Therefore, his absence does not bode well for Qatar. Especially since if Clauss continues the matches until exhaustion with OM, Mukiele is satisfied with the crumbs left by Achraf Hakimi at PSG (only one tenure in Ligue 1).

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Clément Lenglet: Deschamps really didn’t want it

The packages of Presnel Kimpembe and Lucas Hernadez, combined with the absence of a tank in the position of left central defender, opened up a gigantic boulevard for Clément Lenglet for a return to Blue. The three men have shared all of the matches of the Blues in this position since the withdrawal of Samuel Umtiti. But Lenglet is definitely no longer in the plans. Is this his last missed Euro, even if he was called up in November 2021? Is it his status as a lining at Tottenham where he plays little? Regardless, Lenglet was overtaken by Benoît Badiashile while all the other central defenders are right-handed… In short, Deschamps really didn’t want Lenglet.

Haris Seferovic beats Clément Lenglet in a duel to open the scoring against the Blues

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Lucas Digne: Mendy, formidable competitor

This is perhaps the most surprising absence among the eight disappointed in September. Firstly because Lucas Digne has generally given satisfaction each time Didier Deschamps has called on him. Lining for Théo Hernandez since the spectacular arrival of the Milanese in Blue, the Everton side continues to play every weekend in the Premier League. Deschamps had, a priori, no reason to no longer trust him. But Ferland Mendy is a formidable competitor. Indisputable holder at Real Madrid, his selection is not scandalous. But it comes at the worst of times for Digne.

Boubacar Kamara: A selection and a disappearance

Without the bosses, the places were vacant. In the absence of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, Boubacar Kamara was a natural candidate. Especially since he appeared in June in the last list of the French team, with Kanté, and that he is an indisputable holder of the Premier League since his arrival at Aston Villa this summer. This time, Didier Deschamps preferred Eduardo Camavinga but also Youssouf Fofana. The former Marseillais has lost at least two places in the middle hierarchy. It’s too much then that Pogba, Kanté or even both will perhaps be restored for Qatar.

Corentin Tolisso: Too late for Coco

Since the Euro, due to injuries or malforms, Corentin Tolisso has not seen the Blues again. Didier Deschamps has however always liked his versatility since the first selection of the Lyonnais in 2017. But it seems that the new generation now has the preference of the coach. If in the absence of Pogba and Kanté, Tolisso is not recalled, his chances of defending his title of world champion, the main reason why he returned to L1, are slim. It must be said that, since his return to Lyon, he has not always started and that his performances have not yet reached those which made him become an essential member of the France team between 2017 and 2019.

Corentin Tolisso with the France team during the 2018 World Cup

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Moussa Diaby: Victim of Dembélé

Of all the gatherings for a year, Moussa Diaby has obviously not completely convinced Didier Deschamps. But more than his performances, it was above all those of Ousmane Dembélé in Barcelona who condemned him in September. The Barcelonian has reached such a level under the orders of Xavi that Didier Deschamps could not live without it. As long as Dembélé’s body holds, Diaby’s international future will be clouded. Two months before the World Cup, the former Parisian seems helpless.

Wissam Ben Yedder: The severe downgrading

Since June 2019, Wissam Ben Yedder had only missed one rally after contracting Covid-19. If the Monegasque has not always shone in Blue, if Deschamps has given him few minutes in three years, he was the essential understudy for Olivier Giroud and/or Karim Benzema. It seems that the tide has turned at the worst time even though the absence of the Madrid player should have given him playing time.

This is precisely what he lacks in Monaco this season. His downgrading in club has, mechanically, led to a fall in the hierarchy of tricolor attackers. « He is going through a period that is not the best for himadmitted the coach on Thursday. The situation is special, it does not prevent me from seeing other players too. These are not players who are used to coming.“Randal Kolo Muani took the opportunity to steal his place from him. And even if the former Nantes player made a successful debut in Frankfurt, he did not burst the screen either. This is all the more problematic for WBY.

Ben Yedder during France – Finland

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