Didier Deschamps recalls Steve Mandanda, but must do without Paul Pogba

The Marseille goalkeeper takes advantage of his good start to the season to make his return to the French team during the matches against Iceland and Turkey, qualifiers for Euro 2020.

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Didier Deschamps, after the match against Andorra, on September 10, 2019. Michel Euler / AP

We wondered if we would ever see Steve Mandanda in blue jersey again. It is done. Didier Deschamps has obviously decided that the start of the season noticed Marseille goalkeeper (34 years) was good enough to allow him a return among the 23 selected in the French football team.

The coach justified his choice when announcing his list for the next matches against the other two favorites of group H, Iceland (October 11) and Turkey (October 14), as part of the qualifications. for the Euro-2020. «Steve has found a very good level since the beginning of the championshipDidier Deschamps explained at the press conference. He has been decisive and has a great deal of experience and experience with us. "

The French coach also stressed that the return of Mandanda was accompanied by the number two position in the goalkeepers.

Hugo Lloris therefore retains his place as holder, despite a somewhat complicated period with Tottenham, marked by a big mistake in the league last weekend, then a heavy defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League (7-2 ).

"He can not do much about these strikes, defended his coach. He has enough experience, lived. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He has always been decisive with us. He made mistakes, but I see other guards who can make big mistakes. He has this strength of character, this experience, this experience. He will be there, and there. "

Olivier Giroud still in the list

Alphonse Areola, he goes back to the number three position. Mike Maignan, called at the last two French rallies, is paying for Mandanda's return to the group: "Mike is having a good start to the season, recognized Deschamps. The situation may change, but I made my decision. "

Like Steve Mandanda, Presnel Kimpembe is enjoying his very good start to the season to return to the group and replace Samuel Umtiti. In the game, the French coach also recalled Kylian Mbappé (rather than Nabil Fékir), N'Golo Kanté and Tanguy Ndombélé (instead of Mattéo Guendouzi and Steven Nzonzi) all absent during the last reunion because of various injuries.

Jonathan Ikoné of Lille, a striker and passer-by in these first two appearances in the blue jersey against Albania and Andorra, is again called, as Olivier Giroud, despite a short playing time in Chelsea. His situation " worry " yet a little French coach.

On the side of the absentees, Paul Pogba, injured, will, again, miss two crucial matches for the France team. "He has a new problem with his ankle. He will be immobilized for three weeks. It's always annoying. He was not there at the last rally. I wish he were here. "


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