May 13, 2021

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Dembele, Lemar and Ndombele named in the French team of Deschamps


Ousmane Dembele was called up to the France squad for the first time since November 2018 for their World Cup qualifiers later this month.

The Barcelona forward has scored eight goals in 34 appearances in all competitions this season and has done enough to convince Didier Deschamps that he deserves another chance at the international level.

The 23-year-old’s last appearance for Les Bleus came as a substitute in a 2-0 Nations League loss to the Netherlands more than two years ago.

He is joined in the squad for matches against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina by Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham and Thomas Lemar of Atletico Madrid.

Ndombele has not played for his country since June 2019, while Lemar was last among the World Cup winners in November of the same year.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has just returned to training after missing six weeks with a thigh injury, is also on Deschamps’ penultimate side before Euro 2020 reorganized.

Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was recalled, but there was no place in the 26-man squad for Corentin Tolisso, Dayot Upamecano, Nabil Fekir or Steven Nzonzi.

France begin their home qualifying campaign against Ukraine on March 24 before away games with Kazakhstan on March 28 and Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later.

French team:

Alphonse Areola (Fulham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille); Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea); N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur); Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain).