Didier Deschamps chose his team for the upcoming matches against Italy (a friendly) and Belarus (WC 2018 qualifier). Hugo Lloris is injured and was not selected. He decided not to select Benzema because “now is not the right time.” I think DD might be under pressure from the FFF. I may never know, but he is not 100% in charge when it comes to choosing his players. On the brighter side, I am delighted with the call-up of Alphonse Areola, the future of French goalkeeping. I’m glad to have Varane back with the squad, but Ben Arfa should’ve been called up as well.
Goalkeepers: Steve Mandanda, Benoit Costil, Alphonse Areola.
Defenders: Sebastien Corchia, Lucas Digne, Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane, Adil Rami, Samuel Umtiti, Djibril Sidibé, Layvin Kurzawa.
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko.
Forwards: Nabil Fékir, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial.