Didier Deschamps, France coach, announced today the list of 26 players called up to play the European Championship, which will take place from June 11 to July 11. The presence of Karim Benzema stands out after five years of absence, but it is not the only surprise.
Deschamps has also included Jules Koundé in the squad. It is the first time that the Sevilla defender has been summoned for the French national team. Forward Marcus Thuram (Borussia M’gladbach), with just three internationals to debut in November, is also on the list after his absence from the previous one last March.
Of note is the absence of Anthony Martial (Manchester United) due to a knee injury from which he has not recovered, as well as the also injured Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid).
Deschamps has also not called up Steven Nzonzi and Eduardo Camavinga, both from Rennes.
The 26 chosen by Deschamps
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille)
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Clément Lenglet (Barça), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Lucas Digne ( Everton), Jules Koundé (Seville).
Media: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid)
Forwards: Marcus Thuram (Mönchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Antoine Griezmann (Barça), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Ousmane Dembélé ( Barça).