With France starting their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win against Romania after a 2-1 friendly win against Brazil at the week-end, a change of generation has started to happen into the French camp.
First, goalkeeper Celine Deville, the 33 years old with 65 caps, who has been a squad member for many tournaments Euro 2009, 2013, WC 2011, 2015 and Olympics 2012 was left out in favor of three younger goalkeepers Meline Gerard, Laetitia Phillipe and Amandine Guerin. The usual number one choice Sarah Bouhaddi is currently injured and out for a few months, we do not know if she will get called back once fit.
Then the biggest surprise has been Gaetane Thiney’s eviction from the 18 players squad against Romania. She was on the teamsheet against Brazil, as it was a friendly with the full 23 players squad named. Kadidiatou Diani and Clarisse Le Bihan.
Phillipe Bergeroo was asked in the press conference about Thiney’s situation, here is his answer: ” I am the manager of the team. I am not here to be liked. I am here to play the best players. There are loads of up and coming young players in the team. Everybody will get a chance. I put on Clarisse Le Bihan as a sub and she did well. I have been asked to prepare the future, I am keeping within this logic. There was no conversation between me and the player.”
It might be the end of the road for the soon to be 30 years old Juvisy player who did not have a great World Cup. There were some probably unsubtantiated rumors of disagreements between the coach and her during the tournament. It will be interesting to see if the 127 caps and 55 goals forward will be called up next month for the double header friendly v Netherlands and qualifier away to Ukraine.