Without Lloris, Varane and Benzema, which eleven for the Blues at Euro 2024?
Who will be the next goalkeeper of the Blues? Who will become the new defense boss? Which striker will have the heavy responsibility of playing at the top? Who will get the captain’s armband? Questions to which the tricolor coach will have to answer quickly because the qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 will begin at the end of March.
Goalkeeper: Mike Maignan
Hugo Lloris, who decided to retire from international duty after the 2022 World Cup, has made him his successor in goal for the France team. At 27, Mike Maignan is finally ready to play the leading roles with the Blues. With what liners? Steve Mandanda having also hung up, the young generation embodied by Alban Lafont (24 years old) and Illan Meslier (22 years old) could take the lead. Brice Samba (28) and Lucas Chevalier (21) will also be in the discussions.
Right-back: Jules Koundé
If he prefers to evolve in central defense, Jules Koundé should remain the solution favored by Didier Deschamps in the right lane for the next two years. The Barcelonan effectively imposed himself in this position during the World Cup in Qatar, relegating Benjamin Pavard to the end of the bench. Unless by then, a little new one points the tip of his nose. We think in particular of Malo Gusto, in which Chelsea have just invested 30 million euros and who could quickly break through.
Centre-back: Dayot Upamecano
The hasty international retirement of Raphaël Varane, at 29, leaves a gaping hole in the hinge of the Blues. A place that should be disputed by Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté. Both were in the tricolor group at the World Cup and rather gave satisfaction when Didier Deschamps called on them. If the Bavarian, a little more experienced, could take the opportunity to establish himself as a starter, the competition will be tough.
Central defender: Presnel Kimpembe
At 27, Presnel Kimpembe, who had to give up the 2022 World Cup, is supposed to become the boss of the French defense. The fact that he is left-handed gives him a certain advantage over his direct competitors in the axis. To see if the Parisian, not spared by the physical glitches recently, manages to quickly find his best level. Without that, Didier Deschamps could decide to install Lucas Hernandez, whom he considers for the moment more like a left side.
Left-back: Theo Hernandez
Left to be the understudy of his brother Lucas in Qatar, Théo Hernandez was able to take advantage of the injury of the Bavarian to score points during the World Cup. So today, it would be hard to understand why he is not the number 1 option in the left lane of defense in the next two years. His regularity and his volume of play make the Milanese a future essential for the Blues. His competitors for this position, even specialists like Ferland Mendy or Lucas Digne, do not measure up.
Central midfielder: Aurelien Tchouameni
Unless Paul Pogba becomes the player and executive he was, which seems bad enough given the repeated physical glitches suffered by the Turinese, Aurélien Tchouameni does not have much to fear for his place in the club. midterm of the Blues in the medium term. The Madrid native has proven in Qatar that he has the shoulders to lead the tricolor midfielder. Youssouf Fofana and Eduardo Camavinga are pushing behind him, but they should stay in his shadow for a while longer.
Central midfielder: Adrien Rabiot
Often criticized in the past for the reluctance of his choices on the ball, Adrien Rabiot has grown in recent months and his World Cup has confirmed that he could be the other unstoppable element of the Blues in the middle. A return to the forefront of N’Golo Kanté would perhaps push Didier Deschamps to review the balance of his midfield but in the current state of things, there is no reason to weaken the status of the Turinese, brought to leave Juventus next summer.
Attacking midfielder: Antoine Griezmann
With the international retirements of Hugo Lloris and Raphaël Varane, the France team will need a new captain and experience at Euro 2024. At 31, Antoine Griezmann has the profile to recover the armband and bring his experience . Repositioned in the middle by Didier Deschamps, the Atlético Madrid player was able to set the tempo and light up the game during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In this new role, “Grizi” can clearly still render valuable services.
Right winger: Ousmane Dembele
If his multiple injuries have long slowed his development in blue, Ousmane Dembélé finally seems to give the full measure of his potential. At FC Barcelona, where he is decisive, Xavi never misses an opportunity to say all the good things he thinks of him. Qualities that did not escape Didier Deschamps, who made him his holder on the right wing at the World Cup and will undoubtedly repeat the experience at the next international meetings.
Striker: Randal Kolo Muani
Karim Benzema having decided to say stop with the Blues and Olivier Giroud being, at 36, no longer sure of being able to claim a starting place at Euro 2024, a seat will become available at the top. He could return to Randal Kolo Muani. Precious when he entered the game in Qatar, the Frankfurt striker chained the goals for the club and did not seem disturbed by his decisive failure against the Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, in the final of the World Cup. At 24, he has his whole future ahead of him.
Left winger: Kylian Mbappé
On the left side of the tricolor attack, no suspense. Kylian Mbappé will probably not lose his starting place by Euro 2024. On the contrary, his influence within the France group could even increase since he is one of the two or three natural candidates for the captain’s armband. Revenge after a failed Euro 2021 and a collectively frustrating 2022 World Cup, the Parisian will be “the” star of the Blues in the years to come. The country is counting on him.