The suspense will come to an end. It is tomorrow that Didier Deschamps will announce his list of 26 players for Euro 2020 at the stroke of 8 p.m. After a year rich in injuries, quarantines due to covid and physical fatigue, UEFA has authorized the teams to take 3 additional elements for this competition. But be careful, don’t be mistaken. Only 23 names can be entered on the match sheets. Despite this addition, there will inevitably be disappointments, surprises and of course confirmations. The coach also warned last fall that he already had three quarters of his group in mind. Here is a quick overview of the players in question before the official roster is revealed.
The gardians :
There shouldn’t be a lot of surprises in this post. Hugo Lloris, the captain, and Steve Mandanda, who should play his last international competition, will be there. The main uncertainty remains around the 3rd goalkeeper, and more. Author of a brilliant season with LOSC, Mike Maignan starts off with a good head start on Alphonse Areola, 3rd in the hierarchy at the World Cup. The goalkeeper on loan from PSG to Fulham did a perfectly decent drill but failed to keep his club in the Premier League. Unless the list expanded to 26 players frees up a place for a 4th goalkeeper, which was the case during the last call-up in March, he will not be a Euro.
The defenders :
The holders that are Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe and Lucas Hernandez will be called. Even among their replacements, there is no real uncertainty. Léo Dubois, Clément Lenglet and Lucas Digne have always been summoned lately. The coach will undoubtedly call two more players to reach nine defenders. Without his injury, Ferland Mendy would have had a very good chance of being, he who has already evolved left and right with the Blues. Faced with this physical uncertainty, Deschamps could call Djibril Sidibé, present in 2018, or Théo Hernandez, who has never been summoned. Finally to make the lining of Varane in right axial defender, Kurt Zouma and Dayot Upamecano will undoubtedly dispute the last place. The Chelsea player was on the last list unlike the future Munich player. Jules Koundé and Wesley Fofana also have their odds even if they should be part of the list of Hopes to compete in the Euro in the category. Always ignored, Nordi Mukiele has the advantage of being versatile.
Of the five places, three names stand out in the midfield with the certain presences of Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kanté. Last March, Deschamps brought in Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombélé. Last called, last served, the two Spurs will logically start with a lead over their competitors. Recovered from his heavy injury in time, Corentin Tolisso was able to replay this weekend with Bayern and could join this list. Steven Nzonzi and Blaise Matuidi have the disadvantage of not being part of the France group for a while. On the other hand, the name of Jordan Veretout, excellent with Roma, also comes back regularly but he has never known the France team A. Houssem Aouar and Mattéo Guendouzi summoned to help out at the start of the season could have claimed a place only the Lyonnais will undoubtedly be of the Euro Espoirs, while the captain of the Bleuets has injured him and will not even be in the elimination phase. Eduardo Camavinga should also be called by Sylvain Ripoll. Another contender who starts from afar, Christopher Nkunku still regular with RB Leipzig.
In the last three matches a month and a half ago, Didier Deschamps called eight players between the center-forwards and the wingers. Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Wissam Ben Yedder, Kylian Mbappé, Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembélé should be part of the continental competition without much suspense. There are potentially only two places left. Returned to form at Atlético de Madrid, Thomas Lemar has his chances despite his last physical problem in the thigh. For Anthony Martial, it will depend on his return from injury, he who was hit in the knee with the Blues against Kazakhstan. He hasn’t played since. This leaves a small possibility for a possible surprise like the versatile Marcus Thuram, present with the Blues in the fall, or Nabil Fekir, whose profile of pure number ten has rarely found its place in the DD system.