Team France : Mbappé, Lacazette and Thauvin selected, not Benzema
The attacker Alexandre Lacazette, the mid-Moussa Sissoko and defender Kurt Zouma had been called into the France team for three matches in June, announced on Thursday that coach Didier Deschamps, who has however yet departed Karim Benzema.
The Blue face Paraguay in a friendly on 2 June in Rennes, and then Sweden on June 9, in Stockholm in qualifications at the World-2018, and finally England in the friendly on June 13 at the Stade de France.
Asked about the absence of Benzema, Deschamps replied:
“The France team was built before the Euro, it was consolidated through the competition where we managed to reach the final. It has continued to be competitive in qualifying. I have a group with a balance, a harmony. I am the sole decision maker and I take decisions in a sport. I have always considered that the collective was above all. In each list, I take the time to analyze, reflect with my staff. I selected, I assume my choice. It is always in the direction of what I think good for team France”.
The complete list
Goalkeepers : Alphonse Areola (Paris SG), Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG)
Defenders : Lucas Digne (FC Barcelona/ESP), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris SG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Benjamin Mendy (Monaco), Djibril Sidibé (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea/ENG)
Environments : Golo Kanté (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Paris SG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Adrien Rabiot (Paris SG), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon)
Attackers : Ousmane Dembélé (Dortmund/GER), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappé (Monaco), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
The list for France-Paraguay (02 June), Sweden-France (09 June) and France-England (13 June) #FiersdetreBleus u26bd pic.twitter.com/4aq1lukxec
— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) May 18, 2017