Like an air of déjà vu!
Back to the future ... Wendie Renard, who had not worn the armband for the French team since the arrival of coach Corinne Deacon in 2017, has just been appointed captain by ... the person herself.
The boss of the Blue announced it to L'Équipe and AFP, this Thursday, during a press point in Patras on the eve of the match against Greece (5 p.m.) which marks the start of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup. .
“The captain from tomorrow and until the Euro will be Wendie, she said.
We first think of the general interest, of the team.
This news was announced and accepted by everyone in a top way.
France has qualified for the continental competition which will take place in England next July.
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Uncertainty around the captaincy had reigned for a week and Corinne Deacon's decision not to select Amandine Henry, her captain at the 2019 World Cup with whom she is cold, nor Eugénie Le Sommer, one of the vice-captains and elsewhere top scorer in the history of the Blue (86 goals in 175 selections), for the 2023 World Cup qualifying matches in Greece (Friday therefore) and Slovenia (Tuesday September 21).
The doubt is now raised.
"I suffered a lot from his disavowal and his brutality"
This announcement is a new surprise as often in reserve Deacon because the coach had, when she arrived on the bench for the Blue in the summer of 2017, removed the armband from Wendie Renard, believing that the central defender of Lyon should focus more on her individual performances. The latter had not then hidden neither her surprise nor her disappointment.
In his autobiography "My star", published at the end of 2019, the seven-time winner of the Champions League with Lyon had recounted the brutal announcement of this decision. “She (
) told me:
We wanted to see you in relation to the captain's armband because I find that you are at 40% of your capacities in the France team. In Lyon, you walk, the level is easy, in the European Cup too, but the international level, you have not yet crossed it
. I fall from the clouds, stunned. Four years of captaincy swept away in less than five minutes. She adds: "I suffered a lot from his disavowal and his brutality. It was then difficult to imagine a common future for the two women.
Asked Thursday about this episode, Corinne Deacon, who is regularly in conflict with some internationals, preferred to project on the future: "We continue our march forward," she said. At 31, Renard remains one of the emblematic players of French football.