Euro 2024 qualifications: Dembélé and Nkunku back with the Blues

The list revealed

Euro 2024 qualifications: Dembélé and Nkunku back with the Blues

The list revealed. Less than three weeks before the first qualifying matches for Euro 2024, Didier Deschamps has unveiled his list of players selected to face Gibraltar and Greece. On Wednesday May 31, he announced the return of strikers Christopher Nkunku and Ousmane Dembélé. The Blues face Gibraltar on June 16 and the Greeks on June 19. Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy also returns to the squad.

Bundesliga co-top scorer Christopher Nkunku had to withdraw just before the 2022 World Cup and was also injured in March during the previous Blues rally. Present at the World Cup, the Barcelonan Ousmane Dembélé was also absent through injury, three months ago, when the France team began their qualifying journey for the Euro with two victories against the Netherlands (4-0) and in Ireland (1-0). Another globalist returns to the squad, Monegasque defender Axel Disasi, who compensates for the package of Arsenal player William Saliba, as he had already done in March.

The side Ferland Mendy, he had not been called since September 25, 2022 and a last match lost in Denmark (2-0). In attack, Marcus Thuram is on the list, as is veteran Olivier Giroud (36), top scorer in the history of the Blues (53 goals), but Lyonnais Alexandre Lacazette, whose last of 16 selections dates back to November 14 2017, was not recalled despite his good end to the season.

Players named and their club:- Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens)- Defenders: Axel Disasi (Monaco), Wesly Fofana (Chelsea), Théo Hernandez (AC Milan ), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), Jules Koundé (FC Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)- Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid ), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus Turin), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid)- Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt), Kylian Mbappé (PSG ), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig), Marcus Thuram (Monchengladbach)