Marked by many absences, the September international window allowed some rare players to earn points for the World Cup (November 20-December 18), but it could cost many others.
Who scored points?
Olivier Giroud has successfully returned to the Blues having moved down the attacking hierarchy since Euro 2021. Snubbed in the autumn of 2021, he took advantage of Karim Benzema’s absence to return in March before being sacked again for the reunion of June. He took advantage of Benzema’s new absence in September to come back and score against Austria. Less prominent in Denmark, the striker still made use of his prized set-up game that makes Kylian Mbappé freer. The PSG star has also praised the work of his teammate, as well as that of Raphaël Varane. He weight support although Didier Deschamps assures that he has not yet decided the presence of his attacker.
Held for the first time, the Monegasques benoit badiashile Y Youssouf Fofana he made a good impression, especially against Austria. In Denmark, Badiashile fared better from the middle. He gave several guarantees of solidity, although his presence in the Qatar group may seem illusory if all the directors return (Hernández, Kimpembe, etc.). Fofana may have a card to play in his favour, although his presence will also depend on the form of those absent in September (Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot).
If Didier Deschamps persists in his scheme of five defenders with two attacking full-backs, jonathan claus He has a voice for a place in the World Cup and even for a starter. If he was not decisive (several failed crosses), the Marseillais offers a more interesting activity than that of Benjamin Pavard, who has little taste and seems more planned as a right axial (where he will have to deal with the competition of Jules Koundé). Clauss has his automatisms in this scheme and that argues in his favor. If Kingsley Coman recovers from his injury, he could compete with him, but the former Lensois may seriously consider making the trip to Qatar.
Sometimes there are replacements that mean a lot. those ofEduardo Camavinga (19 years old, 4 selections, 1 goal) and William Saliba (21 years old, 7 selections) of the Denmark-France break are not very good signs. The Real player returned to the national team after almost two years of absence and seemed a bit lost in his positioning. Also in commitment. “The players know the details that I don’t want to see again,” Deschamps recalled after the match. I’m not going to judge individual performance. ‘Bed’ was not in the best mood. “He wasn’t with us.” . He wasn’t the only one either. He will also serve others for the future.”
The observation was the same for William Saliba, struggling inside a young and experimental defense. Dayot Upamecano (23 years old, 7 caps, 1 goal) also confirmed his difficulties in the national team that contrast with the great confidence that Julian Nagelsmann has in him at Bayern Munich.
On the radar of the French national team for four years, Ferland Mendy (27 years old, 7 selections) has not yet managed to find a lasting place there. She had the opportunity to invite herself to the dance with the absences of Theo and Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne. But the former Lyonnais didn’t really appeal in a system with five defenders who didn’t seem to suit him. His great offensive shyness – with almost no risk in Denmark – does not advocate for him. His versatility (he can also play on the right) still gives him hope of going to Qatar.