Deschamps: 'Game time for as many players as possible'

Didier Deschamps sélectionneur de l'équipe de France
Les Bleus
07/11/2017

With his team already qualified for the World Cup, France coach Didier Deschamps has made clear his intention to run the rule over his entire squad in the upcoming friendlies against Wales and Germany.

In his press conference on Monday, Deschamps expressed his intention of using the friendlies at home to Wales on Friday, November 10 and away to Germany on Tuesday, November 14 to see what supplementary options he has in #7 FIFA-ranked squad.

'I know what's working'

"I'm not searching for a starting XI, and the way things look now may have little to do with how things look in May. I know what's working and I don't have any areas where I feel there is serious amount of work to be done," said the France boss, whose side clinched their place at Russia 2018 with wins over Bulgaria and Belarus in October.

"I will have a chance to see how different partnerships work and to hand out game time for as many players as possible. I will give game time to the vast majority of players - a bit, a lot, we'll see."

New faces

The training camp will be Les Bleus' second-last session before World Cup preparations begin - there is another international break in March - and, with several big names missing (Hugo Lloris, Djibril Sidibé, Benjamin Mendy, N'Golo Kanté, Ousmane Dembélé, Thomas Lemar, Dimitri Payet), a number of first caps are on the cards, notably for Paris Saint-Germain's Presnel Kimpembe, and surprise maiden squad inclusions Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart) and Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla FC).

 

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