Unbeaten since the 2019 World Cup at home, the France team is playing one of its biggest posters for two years on Friday in Caen (9:10 p.m.), a friendly match troubled by the absences of Lyon executives due to Covid-19.
After the PCR tests, the field test! Deprived of Amandine Henry, Amel Majri, Wendie Renard, Delphine Cascarino and Sakina Karchaoui, all tested positive after the appearance of a cluster at OL, the French advance without benchmarks against the English, 6th in the world, before d ” welcome the double American world champions to Le Havre on Tuesday. Among the Lyonnaises, traditional accustomed to the starting eleven of the Bleues, only Eugenie Le Sommer, already tested positive last month on the sidelines of the previous international gathering, was able to respond to the call of the coach Corinne Deacon despite the protests of the Lyon president Jean -Michel Aulas who advocated caution. She joined her partners on Tuesday in their Clairefontaine training center, a day late to respect the compulsory isolation period as a contact case.
“We are in renewal, in construction, sometimes it can be bad for good even if I would have preferred to have my whole group on hand”
The top scorer in the history of the France team will therefore strengthen the attack of the Blue at the Ornano stadium, all in all competitive with the Parisians Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani. For Corinne Deacon, such absences will nevertheless be difficult to compensate. The coach will be satisfied that this situation did not arise during qualifying for Euro 2022 in the fall, but she will no doubt regret not being able to field her best eleven against one of the biggest nations faced since the World Cup. 2019 and elimination in the quarterfinals against the United States (2-1). “We are in renewal, in construction, sometimes it can be a bad thing for a good even if I would have preferred to have my whole group on hand”, evacuated the technician, herself tested positive in the fall before a rally .
Since the World Cup, the Tricolores have played 15 games, for 13 wins and two draws … A series of invincibility regularly put forward by Deacon to sweep away the criticisms of some players, mainly from Lyon, as to his management; and by the president of the Federation Noël Le Graët to defend the record of his technician. But apart from a duel against the Dutch European champions (3-3) just before the confinement of March 2020, they did not have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the world elite. England, host of the next Euro and qualified as a British selection for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer (unlike the Blue), is part of it, with its armada coming largely from Chelsea and Manchester City, the two behemoths of the “Women Super League”, the booming local championship.
“They have the objective of the Olympics and especially to win the Euro at home. It’s a big caliber, a team that has been building for several years, ”said Kenza Dali, West Ham player who particularly fears City winger Chloe Kelly, best assists in the Championship (11 assists) to AFP. for 7 goals). Not to mention Nikita Parris, the other Lyonnaise who escaped the Rhone cluster to also late join the selection led by the Norwegian interim Hege Riise, appointed mid-January for a temporary period to replace Phil Neville.