Malta Independent

France adds Thuram for World Cup, Disasi replaces Kimpembe


Marcus Thuram was handed the last spot in the France squad that will defend its World Cup title in Qatar while the uncapped Axel Disasi was also called up on Mon‐ day after Presnel Kimpembe had to pull out.

The French soccer federation said Borussia Mönchengla­dbach forward Thuram, 25, had been added to Didier Deschamps' list after the coach had summoned only 25 players when he an‐ nounced his squad last week, leaving one spot open.

Paris Saint‐Germain defender Kimpembe, meanwhile, spoke with Deschamps and the team's doctor at France's training ground on Monday and told them he did not believe he had suffi‐ ciently recovered from an Achilles injury.

France said in a statement it thanked the 27‐year‐old Kim‐ pembe for his "honesty."

Disasi, 24, has not missed a sin‐ gle minute of Monaco's 15 league games this season. He has scored two goals and delivered four as‐ sists in all competitio­ns.

Thuram will complement France's already impressive at‐ tacking sector alongside Karim

Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ous‐ mane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG) and Christo‐ pher Nkunku (Leipzig).

Thuram, the son of the 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, has been in impressive form this season, with 13 goals and four as‐ sists in all competitio­ns. A tall and versatile player, he can be used in different systems.

He said on his Instagram ac‐ count that being called up is "a dream and a pride."

Thuram has played four times with France but has not featured with the national squad since the European Championsh­ip in June last year.

France will be without Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante because of injuries, depriving Deschamps of his two best midfielder­s from the 2018 World Cup.

The squad flies to Qatar on Wednesday before launching its campaign against Australia on Nov. 22. It then faces Denmark be‐ fore completing its Group D matches against Tunisia on Nov. 30.

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