It has almost become a ceremony. An opportunity to gather in a group in front of the television, as if to watch a match. A moment of sharing also for the players of the France team, with their family and friends, hoping to hear their name called by Didier Deschamps.
As was the case for the announcements for the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and for the 2016 and 2021 Euros, “DD” will be the guest of the 8 p.m. news from TF1 on Wednesday evening to unveil its list of those selected for the competition in Qatar (20 November – 18 December). Twenty-six names were released on May 18, 2021 before competing in the European Championship. This time, the coach should shell at least 25 names, according to the latest decisions taken Wednesday morning for the staff.
A possible change until November 21 in case of injury
As soon as his televised intervention is over, Deschamps will go to a press conference to explain his choices at greater length. The technician will have to send his final list to FIFA before Monday 7 p.m., while having the possibility of modifying his group, in the event of injury, until November 21, the day before the entry into the running of the Blues against Australia . Some players, off the list, will therefore remain mobilized until this date to be ready in the event of a physical problem. And this even if, since 2018, Deschamps has no longer called up reservists. There is an advantage here in having a World Cup which begins a week after the stoppage of the Championships: the players will not remain inactive for long if France has to call on a new one before the meeting against Australia.
The players of the France team will then meet Monday noon at Clairefontaine for the start of the preparation. After two days in its training center, the tricolor delegation will head to Doha on Wednesday morning for an arrival scheduled for 6.30 p.m. local time, six days before its first match. Without really having time to settle in the Al-Messila complex, on the outskirts of the Qatari capital, because the Blues will continue Thursday with their first session on the Al-Sadd field, which the staff found very great quality during scouting. The stadium is located less than fifteen minutes from the hotel of the France team.