There it is the first squad list from France WNT’s new manager and there are some players’ return and a newbie.
The 23 players squad from the new manager is quite classical with only one newbie and many players who have been capped before.
There are so many injuries at the moment, it probably explains why the squad is a bit more open than usual. There are also probably two or three players from the France U20 squad who are preparing their World Cup to be played in PNG that could have been called up ( Karchaoui, Katoto, Leger)
Goalkeepers : absolutely no change, these are the usual three goalies. The big question will be if the hierarchy has changed among those three.
Defenders : Houara, Boulleau and Majri are injured. Delannoy is dropped. Georges comes back after missing the Olympics due to injury. Soyer, Butel and Gadea come back after missing out for months and years. The newbie is Perisset who has just moved from Lyon to PSG. She was a regular in the youth teams and has played for the B team as well.
Midfields : Thomis injured, Cadamuro retired, the BIG news is Thiney coming back to the squad after being banned by Philippe Bergeroo. Thiney was actually endorsed by Wendie Renard on Eurosport on Sunday. Toletti and Dali were alternates at the Olympics
Forwards : Continuity with the Olympic squad with the two forwards and the alternate from Rio.
Clearly there was some politics behind Thiney’s eviction under Bergeroo as she is back as soon as the former manager is gone. It will be interesting to see the reaction from some of the older and senior players.
Obviously Renard is pleased to have her back as she could have been useful in attack at the Olympics but some other senior players might not be happy to see again.
Update 1 : Sabrina Delannoy has announced her retirement from international football on twitter. She is the second player to retire post Olympics after Louisa Cadamuro.
2 Griedge M’Bock Bathy has been withdrawn due to an injury and is replaced by Aissatou Tounkara from Juvisy.
3 Wendie Renard has been withdrawn and replaced by Sakina Karchaoui from Montpellier who was with the U20 squad