France coach Didier Deschamps is still hesitating to recall Olivier Giroud, author of a prolific start to the season with AC Milan, in his list to be unveiled Thursday.
On Thursday, the coach of the French team, Didier Deschamps, will communicate his list of players selected to face Austria (September 22) and Denmark (September 25) in the Nations League. This list will necessarily be watched with particular attention since it will be the last one before the 2022 World Cup. One case in particular is the subject of much attention, that of Olivier Giroud.
Deschamps in reflection
Zapped by Deschamps after the last Euro, the 2018 world champion had been recalled in March following the withdrawal of Karim Benzema. The AC Milan striker had given full satisfaction (2 goals in 2 games) but it was not enough for him to be included in the June list. At 35 years old, the native of Chambéry is still having a good start to the season in Italy, with a total of 3 goals in 6 Serie A games, including a goal and an assist during the derby against Inter Milan (3-2) last week and a decisive penalty obtained and converted on Saturday at Sampdoria Genoa (2-1).
Between his performances and Benzema’s injury to the semitendinosus and quadriceps of the right thigh, the debate on the presence of Giroud in the next list has inevitably resurfaced in recent days. For the time being, Deschamps and his staff have not yet decided, reveals the Téléfoot program this Sunday, the technician wishing to give himself time to reflect because of the favorable evolution of the injury of the Merengue, who could be recovered in time for this gathering.
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Even if he misses the September meeting, all may not be lost for the 2nd best scorer in the history of Les Bleus (48 goals). Indeed, as for the Euro, DD will have the right to select up to 26 players in his list. “Obviously it must be an objective as a selectable competitor. With my history in the French team, having the opportunity to play a third World Cup is a chance. I’m not going to say that I don’t think about it,” the former Gunner recently confided. In a recent poll that reached 24,786 votes, no less than 78.4% of the readers of the Maxifoot website were also in favor of a return of Giroud for the World Cup. The ball is in the camp of Deschamps…