Their loss in Sweden has left France in a very fragile position, as they’re shooting to secure a spot in next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. These next days they will be hosting the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and anything less than six points will only put them in even bigger troubles.
One player who is not going to take part in these next two matches is Ousmane Dembele, and Didier Deschamps explained why talking to reporters, after announcing the names of the players who will be involved in France’s games next week.
Ousmane has not been training for 15 days, he is waiting for a possible transfer, he is struggling with his club. I cannot take an inactive player. It is up to the players and their advisers to see what is best for the player. I spoke with him, he hoped it would happen more quickly
the France coach said. When he was asked to further comment on Dembele’s situation, his kind of… neutral answer was
what’s annoying is that he puts himself on the fringes. If it goes his way, it’ll be less difficult to deal with. If he has to stay in Dortmund, it’ll be less easy with his club and his team-mates.
Deschamps also explained why he called Kylian Mbappe, another player who may be switching clubs in the next days.
It’s a similar, but a little different situation. There’s a lot of noise around him too. But even if he has not been involved in the last two matches of Monaco, he is active, he is training. He just did not have time for specific reasons that are internal to his club