Deschamps to pick France squad with Euro 2016 in mind

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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.

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