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Kimpembe and Mandanda return for France

Publish on 04/10/2019 at 02:30


Presnel Kimpembe and Steve Mandanda have been recalled to the France squad by coach Didier Deschamps for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.

Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Kimpembe and Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper Mananda were not called up for Les Bleus' Group H victories over Albania and Andorra in September, the former still recovering from a groin injury, the latter seeing LOSC's Mike Maignan preferred to him.

Deschamps shows faith

Deschamps has heaped praise on both, though, saying that he has "never doubted" Kimpembe and that "Mandanda returns as the No.2" behind captain Hugo Lloris - a stunning start to the season which saw a spectacular double-save in the 1-1 draw with Stade Rennais FC on Sunday helping the hot-stopper's cause.

Watch: Highlights of Marseille's 1-1 draw with Rennes

They lead a six-strong Ligue 1 Conforama contingent in the France squad, alongside Kimpembe's PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé, AS Monaco forward Wissam Ben Yedder, Olympique Lyonnais vice captain Léo Dubois, and Lille's Jonathan Ikoné, who retains his place after impressing with a goal on his debut against Albania.

The squad in full

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Real Madrid), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zuma (Chelsea)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Attackers: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Jonathan Ikoné (Lille), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (PSG)

*Ligue 1 Conforama players in bold