N'Golo Kante (and Lucas Hernandez), who were spared Friday's (1-1) in Austria, withdrew to France-Croatia Monday and left the France team gathering, the Federation announced Saturday. They will not be replacing them for the last match.
Kante is "embarrassed with knee pain", while Hernandez will be joined by his partner, "who is waiting to have a happy occasion". Kante, a Chelsea midfielder, had missed the Blues' previous two matches. In addition to Paul Pogba's absence, his absence allowed substitutes to speak, in Croatia (1-1), and Austria (Monegasque Aurelien Tchouameni, whose transfer to Real Madrid just occurred), and two Marseillais Boubacar Kamara, and Matteo Guendouzi.
Defense: The absence of Lucas Hernandez in Vienna on Friday and Didier Deschamps’ desire to spare Presnel Kampembe allowed Ibrahima Konate, captain against Croatia on Monday, to live his first selection. With him, William Saliba was also tenured for the second time in succession.