Hervé Renard, first. Barely named, the coach of the French women’s team has unveiled the list of players called for next week’s gathering (from April 3 to 12), the last before the preparation for the World Cup (July 20 – 20 August), in Australia and New Zealand. For his debut, the technician summons 26 players, a slightly enlarged group compared to the usual lists. They were to be 27 but the fracture of a collarbone suffered by Kadidiatou Diani Thursday evening during Wolfsburg-PSG (1-1) upset the plans.
Among the 26 present, there is first the “return” of Wendie Renard, captain of OL and Les Bleues. The defender had announced her withdrawal from the selection at the end of February, just like Diani or Marie-Antoinette Katoto. A way to put pressure on the FFF to obtain the departure of Corinne Deacon. But she had quickly opened the door to a return. An option validated by Hervé Renard, therefore, who would also have selected Kadidiatou Diani without his injury on Thursday. He also said he had exchanged with Katoto or Griedge Mbock, long-time knee injuries. Just like with Amandine Henry, she too unavailable through injury and “snubbed” by longtime Deacon.
“I followed the news, explains Hervé Renard this Friday. The FFF gave me a list of selected players, which included all the players concerned. I believe that the Federation gave me the green light to select them. I was not present before. What happened is none of my business. I focus on the present and the future. The important thing today is to go forward. We can pay tribute to Corinne Deacon who has achieved great results. A page turns “.
Returns, there are others. Like that of Eugénie Le Sommer in attack, more called for two years. Or that of Léa Le Garrec in midfield. The captain of Fleury has not played in Blue since 2017. As goalkeeper, Sarah Bouhaddi, who dreamed of a return, remains at the dock. The hierarchy should not move in this position with the presence of Pauline Peyraud-Magnin. Even with some returns, Hervé Renard does not however observe a total revolution. Note the presence of young Parisians like Laurina Fazer or Oriane Jean-François.
Kheira Hamraoui is not part of this list. “A mainly sporting choice,” explained Renard. And then, when you form a band, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. »