The countdown has started and it must worry N’Golo Kanté, Didier Deschamps and the entire staff of the France team. Everyone knows the importance of « NG » at the heart of the game of the Blues. He who was one of the most influential world champions during the Russian campaign has only returned to selection occasionally since. Since the coronation of Moscow, he has played less than half of the matches of the world champions (22 out of 49) and it is clear that the power of nuisance of the France team is not the same with or without him. . Today, its presence in Qatar is more uncertain than ever.
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Problem, the schedule is extremely tight. Didier Deschamps will announce his list on November 9, less than four weeks from now. And it seems difficult today to see him select a player who has not played a single minute for three months even if Kanté remains an essential pillar of the collective.
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At the September rally, the coach warned about Paul Pogba, also recovering: « The players called up to the France team are fit to be on the pitch. Paul won’t come if he’s not fit. If it’s coming to come, he doesn’t want that and neither do I. It’s not conceivable« The treatment will be the same for all but the situation must begin to seriously embarrass the staff. The uncertainty which hangs over the duo of world champions forces to envisage the worst. Without them, what midfield for a team of France which has relied on their complementarity and signed its most beautiful conquests thanks to them for six years?
Even if the coach decided to take Kanté and Pogba to Qatar, the two men would necessarily lack rhythm for very long weeks but Deschamps will have to decide and make the least bad decision. In 2016, he did not hesitate to do without a Raphaël Varane, hit in the thigh. Deschamps never makes feelings, even for his executives, if there is the slightest doubt. And today, it is thick about Kanté.
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