Didier Deschamps has announced his 23-man squad for next week's friendlies and Remy Cabella is set for an increased role in the team.
International football makes its return next week after the fantastic success of the 2014 World Cup. Qualification now begins for the 2016 European Championships, but one team that doesn’t have to play a competitive match is France. Didier Deschamps has announced his first post-World Cup squad for the friendly matches against Spain and Serbia next week, with Newcastle United’s new star, Remy Cabella, set for a bigger role in the new look squad.
Deschamps had a few decisions to make and a few decisions that he was forced into, but as expected most of the players that made the Brazil 2014 squad have continued to keep their place.
DF: Debuchy, Sagna, Sakho, Koscielny, Varane, Mangala, Digne, Evra #EDF— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 28, 2014
MF: Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Mavuba #EDF— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 28, 2014
FW: Benzema, Griezmann, Valbuena, Remy, Lacazette, Cabella #EDF— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 28, 2014
Remy Cabella only made the Brazil squad due to the injuries to both Clement Grenier and Franck Ribery from the original 23-man squad, but now he is set to move further up the ladder with his bright start at Newcastle United.
Ribery has announced his retirement from international football, so there will be no recall for the Bayern Munich winger. Clement Grenier is also out long-term with a groin injury, so the Lyon midfielder won’t be a feature for a few months yet.
Deschamps always values players more when they have been playing siginificant minutes for their club sides, so with Serie A and La Liga yet to begin, there will be a heavy Ligue 1 and Premier League bias to the side.
Antoine Griezmann is set to continue his role on the left, but Cabella will be pushing for a start on the left of the 4-3-3 with Griezmann set to play his first competitive game for Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. Cabella has played in both Newcastle United’s opening league games and will likely make it three from three this weekend against Crystal Palace.
His teammate Moussa Sissoko could also start against Spain next week, the midfielder is a favourite of Deschamps and with Yohan Cabaye’s lack of minutes for PSG and Paul Pogba just finishing his pre-season, Sissoko could make the starting XI.
Deschamps also had to find a replacement for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. The striker is set to miss four months and will open up a spot in the French front-line. Alexandre Lacazette has started brightly for Lyon this season, and with his three goals this term and 16 last season, he was the obvious choice to come into the squad.
France play Spain in Paris on Wednesday the 3rd of September and Serbia away on Saturday the 6th of September.