As confirmed across social media this afternoon, Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has replaced Manchester United counterpart Paul Pogba in the French national squad.
France’s upcoming fixtures
Didier Deschamps’ world champions are set for a pair of Euro qualifiers over the coming week.
First, France welcome Albania to the Stade de France this coming Saturday night. Les Bleus are then set to host Andorra in the same venue this day next week.
The country’s initial squad for the pair of very winnable fixtures, meanwhile, was as follows:
RDV lundi à Clairefontaine pour préparer les 2 matchs de qualifications à l’UEFA Euro 2020 ! 👊 #FiersdetreBleus
— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) August 29, 2019
As was confirmed earlier today, though, one of France’s star men, in the form of Paul Pogba, has been forced to pull out of their squad, due to injury.
The Manchester United standout appeared to pick up an ankle issue during the closing moments of the Red Devils’ disappointing 1-1 stalemate with Southampton over the weekend, with Pogba having today succumbed to the injury.
Guendouzi gets the nod
When one door closes in football, though, another so often opens.
And this has today proven the case for Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi.
Pogba’s dropping out of Les Bleus’ panel has since seen Didier Deschamps opt for Guendouzi as the former Juventus man’s replacement.
Guendouzi’s call-up, his first at senior level for his country, comes on the back of the 20-year-old’s standout performance in the middle of the park during Arsenal’s comeback north London derby stalemate with Spurs yesterday evening.
OFFICIAL: Matteo Guendouzi has been called up to the France national team replacing Paul Pogba who pulls out with an ankle injury. pic.twitter.com/ByCoT31yLu
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 2, 2019