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Moussa Sissoko is controversial ‘bizarre inclusion’ for France

4 years ago

The latest squad has been named by Didier Deschamps and the selection of Moussa Sissoko has led to much debate and controversy in France.

The French have got a lot of in-form quality players but the former Newcastle midfielder isn’t one of them.

The likes of Lacazette, Griezmann, Mbappe, Kante (Newcastle’s/Marseille’s Florian Thauvin…) and many others are no-brainer choices but Moussa Sissoko?

The Tottenham player has only started eight Premier League games all season, two since December, and has been really poor whenever he has played.

This goes completely against Deschamps’ stated policy of only including players getting regular football.

The respected GFFN have reacted to this latest squad selection by declaring that it has some ‘bizarre inclusions’.

They say that easily the ‘Chief among these is Moussa Sissoko’.

As for Spurs, they will be praying that Didier Deschamps decides to play Sissoko and he has his one or two decent games per season in June, with somebody like PSG making an impulsive purchase based on that, rather than his overall shocking record – much as Tottenham did nine months ago when agreeing to buy for £30m.

GFFN (Get French Football News):

“It’s hard to find fault with Deschamps’ selections in attack, with Alexandre Lacazette back in the side at the expense of Kévin Gameiro and in central defense where Kurt Zouma and Raphael Varane return from injury, but in each of the other groups of players, there are seemingly bizarre inclusions.

“Chief among these is Moussa Sissoko, who has barely played for Tottenham since becoming their club-record signing last summer, and has been poor when he has featured.”

Didier Deschamps’ French squad to face Paraguay (2 June) and England (13 June) in friendlies and Sweden (9 June) in World Cup qualifier.

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Benoît Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco)

Midfielders: Ngolo Kanté (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon)

Attackers: Ousmane Dembélé (Borussia Dortmund), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco), Kylian Mbappé (AS Monaco), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Florian Thauvin (Newcastle/Marseille)


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