Deschamps to pick France squad with Euro 2016 in mind
Didier Deschamps will make his World Cup squad selection with the 2016 European Championship in mind, the France coach said yesterday.
Speaking to French news channel BFMTV, Deschamps suggested he had to balance a desire for glory in Brazil this June with longterm success.
“I’m also projecting myself to what we can expect at Euro 2016,” he said.
France qualify automatically as hosts of Euro 2016.
Deschamps, who will name a preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup on May 13, said he wanted to emphasise team spirit when making his selection.
Asked if he could omit a player in order to preserve the squad’s unity, Deschamps replied: “Yes, it is possible, there is a balance (to respect).”
He added: “I’m not France coach to take the 23 best players but to form a group who will go as far as possible.”
France has been undermined by off-field problems in recent tournaments.
At the 2010 World Cup, the players went on strike in support of Nicolas Anelka, who was reported to have insulted then coach Raymond Domenech.
Two years later, Samir Nasri was involved in a foulmouthed rant at a reporter after Les Bleus were eliminated by Spain in the quarterfinals.