Mendy gets France recall, Mendy misses out
Didier Deschamps has included Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy in his squad for France's next two Euro 2020 qualifying games.
Benjamin Mendy has been handed a recall for France's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania.
The Mendy decision
The Manchester City full-back was given the nod over Real Madrid counterpart Ferland Mendy when France's squad was announced on Thursday.
Coach Didier Deschamps named a 23-man selection which includes Kylian Mbappé, who has not featured for his country since June amid injury problems.
Similar issues have hindered Benjamin Mendy, though to a much greater extent, the former Monaco star having required knee surgery during his stop-start time at the Etihad Stadium.
Benjamin Mendy last appeared at international level in the Nations League last September.
Nabil Fekir, who was absent for the previous two international matches, also returns, and N'Golo Kante is included.
Injury meant midfielder Kante could not feature in the previous international break, though he did not return to Chelsea until after the second fixture, frustrating Frank Lampard.
There is no place in the squad for Barcelona duo Ousmane Dembélé or Samuel Umtiti, while Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and Lucas Hernandez are all sidelined.
Les 23 joueurs sélectionnés par Didier Deschamps pour les 2 derniers matchs de qualifications à l'EURO 2020 ! 🇫🇷 #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) November 7, 2019
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France sit joint-top of Group H alongside Turkey, boasting a four-point lead over third-placed Iceland with two matches remaining.
Moldova visit the Stade de France on November 14, and France conclude their qualifying campaign in Albania on November 17.
France squad for November qualifiers
Alphonse Areola (Real Madrid), Mike Maignan (Lille), Steve Mandanda (Marseille); Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea); N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich); Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Nabil Fekir (Real Betis), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).
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