It’s Lee Bleu’s ‘D-day’: Corinne Deacon announced this Monday at midday her 23-man selection for the European Women’s Championship in England (6-31 July), without much payoff or expected surprise, in line with recent gatherings.
The coach of the French national team, the guest of 13-Heures de TF1, will reveal her roster there before holding a press conference in Boulogne-Billancourt from the headquarters of the private channel, broadcaster of the tournament in France. with Canal +.
Fans of the suspense series are urged to look elsewhere.
Any surprises? “No, I don’t think so,” Lyon coach Sonia Bombastor relented after the 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the tournament. Deacon “had time to set up this Euro” without specific players, “his choices are necessarily well-thought-out ones”.
In fact, the names of Amandine Henry and Eugénie Le Sommer (OL), who have been apart for several months, will not, in fact, appear on the small screen; No more than the best of Hamraoui (Paris Saint-Germain) for all the other reasons.
Conversely, quarterback Ella Palese and striker Olimata are well on their way to making an appearance in the cast, despite their poor international experience.
For several months now, Deacon has been searching for the right formula between experience, embodied by Captain Wendy Renard and winger Cadédiato Diani, the youth of Selma Pasha, Sandy Baltimore or Melvin Mallard, and the contribution of the “experienced youth,” according to him. Expressions: Grace Gioro, Gridge Mbok and Aisato Tonkara, among others.
– Final Judgment –
With goalkeeper Pauline Peraud Magnin, Parisians Sakina Kerchaoui and Marie Antoinette Catuto, Bordeaux players Yves Perisset and Charlotte Belbolt, or even midfielder Sandy Toletti, the list has been known at 90% or more for a long time.
There will be no “big surprise”, Deacon admitted in mid-April after the last match against Slovenia in Le Mans, the end of a season with 11 victories in the largest number of matches, enriched by qualification for the 2023 World Cup and the title. in Tournoi de France.
In the absence of Solén Durand (injured), the usual lining of Perod Magnin, the third goalkeeper’s place should go to Messina Justin Lerond, a D2 player but pregnant with the under-23 selection.
This fourth pivotal defender appears to be promised to Hua Sissoko, the solar-character West Ham player, in place of Elisa de Almeida who has played little for Paris this season.
– Henry has not been called –
So Henry, Lusumer and Hamraoui in their 30s would not travel to England, except in the unlikely event of a change.
Voted the best player in the Champions League final on May 21 against Barcelona, Henry did everything to keep the flame of hope alive on the pitch. But the OL midfielder snuck in in the fall of 2020 by publicly criticizing Deacon, who she hasn’t forgiven.
Her teammate Eugenie Le Sommer will also remain on the dock. The top scorer in the history of the French national team (86 goals), rarely a starting player for a club, was the victim of fierce competition in attack.
As for Hamraoui, whose situation at the club is “extremely complicated”, according to Deacon, the horizon is blocked by his additional sporting torments.
The defensive midfielder, who was violently attacked in early November by two strangers – the facts remain unclear – has fallen out with several locker-room executives, including Diani and Katuto, who suspect she has directed investigators into their entourage. She has not played with Paris since a brawl in training at the end of April.
On Sunday, the shock of the PSG-OL Championship did damage: Leones Pacha and Delphine Cacharino were substituted in the second half as Parisian Catuto, embarrassed by the level of confidants and left leaning under Deacon’s eyes.
Their issues didn’t cause much concern, but in any case, the coach should officially send her list before June 26 at 11:59 p.m., the last deadline. It will then be possible to substitute a player up to 24 hours before the first match, in the event of infection or a positive test for Covid-19.