Here they are again!
A month after a reunion, generally under control, against Sweden (1-0) and Croatia (4-2), the Blues continue their way in the League of Nations by giving the reply to the Portuguese European champions, then to the vice- Croatian world champions, October 11 and 14.
As an appetizer of this copious menu, they welcome Ukraine, on the 7th at the Stade de France, in a friendly match initially scheduled for March 27th.
The list that the coach of the France team Didier Deschamps must disclose, this Thursday, October 1 at 2 p.m., should be part of the continuity.
It is, however, likely to be widened somewhat due to the chain of three meetings in the space of seven days.
A similar triptych is also scheduled for November with Finland, Portugal and Sweden.
Compared to the last gathering, disturbed by the departures en route of Steve Mandanda, then Kylian Mbappé, tested positive for Covid-19, the return of Paul Pogba, last-minute package after contracting the coronavirus before the internship, is announced.
The Manchester United midfielder, long distant by a recurring injury to the right ankle, has not appeared in the selection since a match in Andorra on June 11, 2019 (4-0).
Pavard and Coman now operational
Satisfied with the behavior of his players in September, the Basque technician is inclined to largely renew his confidence.
The remark applies in particular to the two beautiful promises of summer.
In all likelihood, Dayot Upamecano and Eduardo Camavinga will therefore be there, just like Adrien Rabiot, despite his setbacks with Juventus Turin last weekend (expulsion against AS Roma).
“He has the potential to come back,” Deschamps said of Camavinga, a 17-year-old prodigy from Rennes, showing his nerve when he came into play against Croatia.
For the rest, we are preparing for the classic.
Among the goalkeepers, behind Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan keeps one step ahead of Alphonse Areola.
With Fulham, his new club, the former Parisian has also had a mixed start, conceding seven goals in two games.
Absent a month ago due to "physical problems", Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman are now operational.
Wissam Ben Yedder and Anthony Martial will be summoned, when Florian Thauvin's situation calls for a further delay before considering his recall.
As for the Lyonnais Houssem Aouar, forced to decline his first summons at the end of August, after being caught by the virus, he could finally experience his baptism of fire in the France team.