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Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele recalled to France squad for Nations League

Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele recalled to France squad for Nations League

Barcelona‘s Ousmane Dembele and AC Milan‘s Olivier Giroud have both been recalled to the France squad for September’s UEFA Nations League fixtures.

Didier Deschamps‘s side will take on Austria and Denmark on the 22nd and 25th respectively in League A Group 1, which they are yet to win a game in.

Ahead of the defence of their World Cup crown, Les Bleus have welcomed Dembele back to the squad for the first time in over a year, with the attacker amassing two goals and four assists from seven games for Barcelona so far this term.

Meanwhile, Giroud – who has opened the 2022-23 season with four goals from eight games for Scudetto holders AC Milan – returns after failing to make June’s squad.

Deschamps has handed call-ups to three uncapped players for September’s clashes, with Eintracht Frankfurt‘s Randal Kolo Muani included alongside Monaco pair Benoit Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana.

However, Les Bleus have been rocked by injuries, as Presnel Kimpembe, Karim Benzema, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante all fail to make the squad.


Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Alphonse Areola (West Ham United)

Defenders: Benoit Badiashile (Monaco), Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (Milan), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid)

Attackers: Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

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