The "new" Corinne Deacon maintains her line… up to a bend.
The coach of the Bleues again did without Amandine Henry and Eugénie Le Sommer, historical figures of the Bleues, for the matches at the end of October, while summoning the Parisian Kheira Hamraoui on Thursday, missing for two and a half years.
Beyond the armband given back to Wendie Renard, the back-to-school list in September had already made a lot of talk with the sidelining of these two executives. A choice at "the moment T", she explained at the time, but which seems set to continue. Sign of this renewal, the Lyon contingent, long backbone of the Blue, will be greatly reduced for the two qualifying duels for the 2023 World Cup against Estonia on October 22 in Créteil, then on October 26 in Nur-Sultan against Kazakhstan. Even if it is as much a voluntary choice as a forced one. Blocked in the infirmary, Amel Majri (knee), Wendie Renard (thigh) and Griedge Mbock (muscle injury) will see their teammates Perle Morroni, Melvine Malard and Delphine Cascarino join Clairefontaine without them.
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“The door is not closed to anyone, now I make choices.
The proof is today with this list, with the return of some players and the arrival of young players ”, justified Deacon, questioned on the absence of the Lyon midfielder and the attacker loaned to OL Reign ten months away from the Euro in England.
"I build things around certain people, trying to keep this balance between continuity and renewal, experience and youth."
"I'm going to have to have a discussion with" Hamraoui, warns Deacon
At the heart of this dosage, a big surprise, a bit like the one concocted by Didier Deschamps before the Euro with Karim Benzema. Kheira Hamraoui, the neo-Parisian who arrived free from FC Barcelona this summer, is back. At 31, she has 36 capes but had only been selected once since the start of Deacon's mandate in 2017, for a handful of minutes against Japan (2019). The midfielder undoubtedly took advantage of his excellent season last year with FC Barcelona (treble in the Championship, Queen's Cup and Champions League) to convince Deacon to give him another chance.
"I have not taken it all season, it is not because she won three titles that I will necessarily take her," Deacon replied in June, preferring to retain Sandie Toletti.
“I don't have a problem with Kheira.
It is a purely sporting decision.
No decision is ever final, one way or another, ”she was careful to add.
The player had expressed her disappointment on social networks: "I miss you so much France team ... What more could I have done to be able to find you?
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"I will have to have a discussion with her, on the motivations which pushed me to take her back," Deacon said on Thursday, hoping to count on her "experience", but also saying that the staff will be "attentive" to his attitude in the locker room.
"You need this mixture of performance on the ground and a good state of mind in group life".