World Cup 2022

Didier Deschamps considering leaving Olivier Giroud out of XI for World Cup final


Word stemming from the French media late on Saturday suggests that national team boss Didier Deschamps is taking into consideration a significant change to his starting XI for the World Cup final.

Les Bleus, of course, are primed to return to action tomorrow evening.

After navigating their way beyond surprise package Morocco in the competition’s semi-finals, the reigning world champions will go toe-to-toe with Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Sunday evening, with sights set firmly on a 2nd successive crown.

In the buildup to the clash, the headline news in the French camp, of course, has surrounded the ongoing personnel woes facing Deschamps and co, owing to an untimely bout of illness spreading across the nation’s squad.

As alluded to above, though, according to sources close to Les Bleus’ setup, boss Deschamps is taking into genuine consideration a shake-up to his frontline, altogether unrelated to the aforementioned outbreak.

As per a report from RMC Sport, Olivier Giroud, despite his ongoing importance to France’s success, could be dropped to the bench against Argentina.

Kylian Mbappe, in turn, would take his place as France’s attacking spearhead, with Marcus Thuram replacing the Paris Saint-Germain standout on the left wing.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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