Corinne Diacre has named her first squad for France’s friendlies against Chile and Spain. As World Cup host, France will have two years to prepare for the tournament by playing friendlies only.
As expected some veterans have been left out as the coach is looking towards the future. The golden generation that failed to win a medal in the last eight years is now making way for the new players, who will hopefully bring success to the team after winning multiple trophies with the youth teams. Two players have announced their international retirement: Camille Abily straight after the Euros and Elodie Thomis who made the announcement last night on her Instagram.
Let’s have a look at the squad line by line and the main changes from the Euros.
GK: Sarah Bouhaddi, Meline Gerard, Solene Durand.
Gerard has now moved on to Montpellier from Lyon and should therefore compete for the starting spot with Sarah Bouhaddi. As a knock-on effect of this move, Laetitia Phillipe who used to be France number 3 keeper and starter at Montpellier is not selected any more. Her former deputy at Montpellier Solene Durand who has moved to Guingamp in the summer is now on the list.
DF: Hawa Cissokho, Laura Georges, Thea Greboval, Sakina Karchaoui, Charlotte Lorgere, Griedge M’Bock Bathy, Wendie Renard, Marion Torrent.
From the Euro squad, Eve Perisset, Aissatou Tounkara and Jessica Houara-D’Hommeau are left out. Perisset is dropped while the other two are injured. Three new capped players come in for them: Hawa Cissokho, Thea Greboval and Charlotte Lorgere. Hawa Cissokho and Thea Greboval won the U19 Euros last season and were runner-up at the U20 World Cup. Charlotte Lorgere has gone through the youth teams with 39 caps at U16 to U20 level and ten for the B team. Veteran Laura Georges is still in the squad, while Marion Torrent might finally get a chance to prove herself at right-back.
MF: Elise Bussaglia, Camille Catala, Grace Geyoro, Amandine Henry, Ines Jaurena, Sandie Toletti.
Camille Abily has retired from international duty and Claire Lavogez who is currently injured are the two Euros midfielders missing out. Camille Catala is selected as midfielder, as she was under Bruno Bini, when Corinne Diacre was his assistant, rather than the back-up of the back-up at centre forward like at the Euros. Veteran Elise Bussagglia is kept in the squad probably to provide guidance and experience. Ines Jaurena returns after a long absence from the team.
FW : Viviane Asseyi, Kadidiatou Diani, Valerie Gauvin, Eugenie Le Sommer, Perle Morroni, Ouleymata Sarr.
Clarisse Le Bihan, Gaetane Thiney and Marie-Laure Delie are dropped, Elodie Thomis has retired. Those four players were at the Euros in Netherlands and are replaced by youngsters Perle Morroni and Ouleymata Sarr (who has scored a hat-trick in the season opener with LOSC) and also players who have already been called in the past, but were not regulars in the squad, like Viviane Asseyi and Valerie Gauvin. Kadidiatou Diani and Eugenie Le Sommer are the only forward to stay in the squad following another tournament where scoring was again a problem.
Amel Majri who missed out on the Euros is still not fit and therefore not selected, as is Delphine Cascarino who is coming back from a long term injury.
France will play Chile in Caen on Friday the 15th of September with a 9pm CET kick off and Spain on the 18th of September in Calais with 9pm CET kick-off as well. We might see a lot of new players being capped in one of those friendlies and we will see what kind of tactical options Corinne Diacre will select. We can probably expect a less defence and physical strength orientated team. It should be more creative than under Phillipe Bergeroo and Olivier Echouafni.