The West Ham goalkeeper, and former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, was summoned this Thursday by the French team for the last qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup, which will be lost, among others, Raphaël Varane, injured, Anthony Martial and Olivier Giroud.
With the loss of substitute goalkeeper Mike Maignan, injured, Didier Deschamps restored confidence to Alphonse Areola, world champion in 2018.
The Bleus will host Kazakhstan on November 13 at the Parc des Princes, and travel three days later to Finland.
Areola (28 years old, 3 international matches) returns to a France squad for the first time since November 2019.
Deschamps maintains the base of the champion team of the League of Nations in Italy in October and explained that he privileges “logic and continuity.”
Los Bleus, in front of World Cup qualifying group D, will qualify for the Qatar World Cup if they defeat Kazakhstan on 13 November.
– Announcement of the French team:
Archers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham United / ENG, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain), Benoit Costil (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur / ENG)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton / ENG), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich / GER), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan / ITA), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Jules Koundé (Sevilla / ESP), Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich / GER), Kurt Zouma (West Ham United / ENG)
Midfielders: Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea / ENG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United / ENG), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus / ITA), Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco)
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid / ESP), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich / GER), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen / GER), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid / ESP), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain ). (AFP)