French women’s team. Deacon zaps Henry and Le Sommer

THEcoach Corinne Deacon has chosen not to summon Amandine Henry (31), her former captain, nor Eugénie Le Sommer (32), the top scorer in the history of the France team, for the start of the qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The absence of the first is a semi-surprise, as relations with the technician have deteriorated since the fall of 2020. But the latter did not refer to it, preferring to highlight the last performances of her group without the Lyonnaise. « It’s a decision at a moment T, she justified. Today, I have a certain stability, we had great performances on the last rallies, except against the United States. (0-2 loss). The victories against England and Germany remain convincing and we have seen some very interesting things with this mix of youth and very experienced players. « 

Despite this, the Henry saga continued on Friday at a press conference where the questions revolved more around the middle to 93 capes, wearing the armband during the World-2019 in France, than trips to Greece. and Slovenia, on September 17 and 21, opening of qualifying for the 2023 edition.

86 goals in 175 caps

She is a monument of French football that wavers, a player with a rich record of seven Champions League titles, having played three European Championships (2009, 2013, 2017), two Olympic Games (2012, 2016) and as many World Cups (2015, 2019). Injured in February, tested positive for Covid-19 in April, Henry had not been retained in June by Deacon in view of his « Latest performances » in a club. Her previous selection dates back to November, in a tense rally after public criticism she had leveled against the coach.

Holder in April in front of the Americans, injured in June, Le Sommer is not called for the start of the school year either, without much explanation of the text. « The fact that she is in the United States has not at all influenced my choice of the moment, my choice of the day », Deacon simply replied about the Lyon striker, loaned to OL Reign until the end of December. In a few words, the coach yet debunks an international with 175 selections (5th most capped Frenchwoman) and 86 goals (a record), best director in the history of her Rhone club, with which she won the Ligue des champions and ten times the French Championship.

The question of captaincy

The tremors of these two earthquakes will provoke aftershocks around the question of the captaincy, on which Deacon has maintained a certain vagueness. In the absence of Henry and Le Sommer, her ex-captain and one of her vice-captains, she did not want to clearly say who would play the role, in Patras and then in Murska Sobota. Bordeaux midfielder Charlotte Bilbault and Montpellier defender Marion Torrent, who have endorsed him in recent months, « Are executives of the team, they can wear the captain’s armband next Friday, it will depend on whether they are holders or not », she said. « Everything will depend on who will start in the eleven », repeated the one who now leads the Blue without deputy n ° 1 after the departure of Eric Blahic this summer.

Among the Greeks, an opponent widely within their reach, the French will therefore launch their qualifying campaign for the Oceania World Cup. But the upcoming meetings will also be used to refine the automatisms for Euro-2022, organized from July 6 to 31 on English soil. Even if the team has the continental tournament « In a corner of the head », warned Deacon, “We must not get the wrong objective. The priority will be to take the matches one after the other, to win them and to secure this first place as quickly as possible ”.


Goalies (3)
: Mylène Chavas (Bordeaux), Solène Durand (Dijon), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus Turin). Defenders (7): Elisa de Almeida (Paris SG), Sakina Karchaoui (Paris SG), Perle Morroni (Lyon), Ève Périsset (Bordeaux), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aïssatou Tounkara (Atlético Madrid). Midfielders (6)
: Charlotte Bilbault (Bordeaux), Kenza Dali (Everton Liverpool / Ang), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Léa Khélifi (Paris SG), Ella Palis (Bordeaux), Sandie Toletti (Levante Valence / Esp). Forwards (9)
: Viviane Asseyi (Bayern Munich / All), Sandy Baltimore (Paris SG), Kessya Bussy (Reims), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris SG), Valérie Gauvin (Everton), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris SG) , Melvine Malard (Lyon), Amel Majri (Lyon).

Le Sommer’s reaction

« I have just learned with great disappointment my non-selection for the next meeting of the France team », reacted Eugenie Le Sommer on her Twitter account. « I will continue, as I have always done during my career, to work hard and to give everything with my club to return there », added the Breton, accompanying her message with three tricolor flags.

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