France’s Deschamps se­lects Rabiot, drops Mar­tial, Gignac

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Goal­keep­ers: De­fend­ers: Mid­field­ers: For­wards:

Adrien Rabiot could make his de­but for France af­ter coach Di­dier Deschamps picked the Paris Saint-Ger­main mid­fielder in his 23-man squad for a World Cup qual­i­fier against Swe­den and a friendly against the Ivory Coast.

An­thony Mar­tial and An­drePierre Gignac were no­tably miss­ing from the squad an­nounced yes­ter­day. The for­wards for Manch­ester United and Ti­gres in Mex­ico en­tered as sub­sti­tutes in France’s 1-0 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win against the Nether­lands on Oct. 10.

Ous­mane Dem­bele fig­ured to be among Deschamps’ op­tions in at­tack. The Borus­sia Dort­mund for­ward made his de­but for France against Italy in Septem­ber.

With Rabiot of­fer­ing de­fen­sive cover in mid­field, Deschamps left out Crys­tal Palace’s Yo­han Cabaye. Rabiot was on a list of standby play­ers for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship last sum­mer, but did not make the cut. He has been very con­sis­tent in PSG’s mid­field.

“Yes, the com­pe­ti­tion for a place in France’s mid­field is tough,” Deschamps said. “But the same is true at PSG. Ev­ery time there is a ques­tion asked of Rabiot, he an­swers it em­phat­i­cally.”

France plays Swe­den on Nov. 11 at the Stade de France, and Ivory Coast on Nov. 15 in Lens.


Hugo Lloris (Tot­ten­ham), Steve Man­danda (Crys­tal Palace), Alphonse Are­ola (PSG)

Se­bastien Corchia (Lille), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Laurent Ko­scielny (Arse­nal), Layvin Kurzawa (PSG), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Djib­ril Sidibe (Monaco), Sa­muel Umtiti (Barcelona)

Adrien Rabiot (PSG), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Ma­tu­idi (PSG), Dim­itri Payet (West Ham), Paul Pogba (Manch­ester United), Moussa Sis­soko (Tot­ten­ham)

Kings­ley Co­man (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Ous­mane Dem­bele (Borus­sia Dort­mund), Na­bil Fekir (Lyon), Kevin Gameiro, (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arse­nal), An­toine Griez­mann (Atletico Madrid)

Di­dier Deschamps might give Adrien Rabiot his na­tional team de­but Photo: AP

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