Can France U20 girls make it to the World Cup 2015 squad ?

Following a good U20 campaign, fans and press are wondering if the U20 players will be back next year in Canada with the senior squad for the 2015 World Cup.

Players like Lavogez who had a great tournament could be there. Toletti, M’Bock Bathy and Dafeur have been called up already with the senior squad. Phillipe Bergeroo was in Montreal and was interviewed by footdelles about the U20 players and their potential to make the Senior team.

He was very clear “ I don’t want to “destroy” the squad that I have been trying to build for a while now. I have no wish to modify the current group of players too much but there might be 2 or 3 girls who may come into the team. There will be definitely Griedge of course, we will see for the others with regards to their performances and from during the Division 1 feminine season.

As we know there are 23 places for the 2015 World Cup per squad with 3 goalkeepers and  20 outfield players. There are 17 players that are regularly called up and will go to Canada if they are not injured.

GK 2 Bouhaddi, ( OL) Deville ( Juvisy)

DF 6 Houara (PSG), Boulleau (PSG), Renard (OL), M’Bock Bathy ( Guingamp), Georges (PSG),Delannoy ( PSG)

MF 5 Henry, Abily, Bussaglia, Thomis, Necib (all OL)

FW 4 Delie( PSG), Le Sommer (OL), Thiney ( Juvisy), Tonazzi ( Montpellier)

Considering Phillipe Bergeroo favours the 4-4-2 system with 2 central midfield and 2 “wingers” the remaining 6 positions “available” are 1 goalkpeeper and 5 outfield players. The logic would see 2 defenders and 3 midfielders if the coach wants to double up all the positions but it is not always the case. The first 11 at the World Cup could look like this : Bouhaddi, Houara Renard M’Bock Bathy Boulleau, Thomis Abily Henry Necib, Le Sommer Thiney


To add to those 17 players that should go to the world cup we have all the girls who are called up more or less regularly :

GK Phillipe ( Montpellier) seems to be the 3rd choice at the moment although Benameur (PSG) or Gerard (OL) might challenge her this season for the final spot. Durand ( Montpellier) and Bruneau ( Juvisy) the 2 main goalies at the U20 World Cup are unlikely to be in the running especially if they don’t play many games as they are in the same club as Deville and Phillipe.

DF Soyer (Juvisy) a right back and Butel (Juvisy) a center back are now called up regularly and could be the extra defenders missing on the list. From the U20 squad , full backs Perisset (OL), Gorce ( Guingamp), Gagnet ( kanzas University) and Dafeur ( Guingamp), Center back Tounkara ( Juvisy) and Saint-Sans Levacher ( Arras) seem to be far behind those 2 defenders. Dafeur as mentioned was called up before and has a cap with even an assist and is left footed so might have an outside chance, if she has a good season with Guingamp. She was out of club football for the 2nd part of 2014 after being removed from her previous team.

MF Hamraoui ( PSG) seems to be in a good position to be in the World Cup squad, she is a defensive midfield player and has a very different profile from the other 3 center midfield players. She is a lot physical and stronger than them and complements them ( Henry, Abily, Bussaglia). She just need to get a consistent run of game with PSG as competition is strong in midfield at her club.

Toletti ( Montpellier ) was called up a couple of times last season and need to do well for her club to be in contention as she would compete with Henry, Abily & Bussaglia for a place. Same thing for Lavogez ( Montpellier) although she could play on the wing in Bergeroo’s system like Necib does. Her current level is obviously not as good as the French playmaker.

Diallo and Bueno from Guingamp are defensive midfielders but are not at the level produced by the regular trio or Hamraoui

Wingers : Makanza and Asseyi from Montpellier are now regularly called up and come as subs from time to time, Catala from Juvisy need to perform well at club level. Majri (OL) is a left winger that can deputise at left back as well with her technical left foot. Hoarau (Rodez), Robert( Guingamp) , Diani ( Juvisy), Thomas ( Montpellier) from the U20 team would need to have a fantastic season to get into the squad.

FW Crammer from Anderlecht is the latest forward to be called up in the squad. She might be the 5th forward at the World Cup depending on the squad balance.

Le Bihan ( Guingamp), Sarr (SPG) and Tarrieu (OL) are not yet at the level required to compete with the 4 regulars.


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