Hervé Renard recalls Wendie Renard and Eugénie Le Sommer for his first list


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The new coach of the French women’s team unveiled his list on Friday for the friendly matches in preparation for the 2023 World Cup. Among the players selected are captain Wendie Renard, who had recently slammed the door, and Eugénie Le Sommer, top scorer in the history of the selection, who had been sidelined for almost two years. “A page that turns, it must be as positive as possible,” said Hervé Renard, appointed after the dismissal of Corinne Deacon.

The captain of the French women’s football team Wendie Renard was recalled to Les Bleues on Friday March 31 by the new coach, Hervé Renard, as was Eugénie Le Sommer, top scorer in the history of the selection, who was shelved for nearly two years.

Hervé Renard, 54, was appointed head of Les Bleues on Thursday, two days after resigning as coach of Saudi Arabia. He signed a contract running until August 2024, after the Paris Olympics. Until then, the Habs have an appointment in Australia and New Zealand for the 2023 World Cup, from July 20 to August 20.

During his first press conference, Hervé Renard, who has become the new coach of Les Bleues to replace Corinne Deacon, said he was focused “on the present”. “We can pay tribute to Corinne Deacon who has obtained very good results. But it is a page that turns, it must be as positive as possible”, estimated the technician, appointed Thursday March 30 following of an internal frond. “What happened before, I wasn’t there, it doesn’t concern me, I focus on the present, the future,” he added.

The decision of Wendie Renard (142 caps), taken in February, to withdraw from the team, led to the departure of ex-coach Corinne Deacon, sacked on March 9. Absent since April 2021, her teammate at OL Le Sommer (33) is part of the first list unveiled by Hervé Renard for the friendly matches in preparation for the 2023 World Cup against Colombia and Canada.

On the other hand, the middle of Paris SG Kheira Hamraoui does not appear there, like the Montpellier Marion Torrent and Charlotte Bilbault, called almost without interruption by Deacon in recent years.

Kadidiatou Diani out of injury

In the direction of returns, the Lyonnaise Amel Majri (66 selections) finds a France group that she has not attended since September 2021. A serious knee injury, then a period of maternity leave, kept her away from the Blue.

Léa Le Garrec, Fleury midfielder, will also have a new chance in selection, at 29 and more than five years after her last cap.

In this expanded list of 26 players, the main absentee is striker Kadidiatou Diani, who suffered a broken collarbone Thursday in Wolfsburg during the elimination of Paris SG in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The top scorer in the Women’s D1 Championship also withdrew from Les Bleues to request the departure of Deacon. Scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto and defender Griedge Mbock, associated with the rebellion against Deacon, have been injured for several months.

The list of 26 Bleues for the April meeting:

Goalkeepers (3): Mylène Chavas (Bordeaux), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus Turin / ITA), Constance Picaud (PSG)

Defenders (9): Selma Bacha (Lyon), Estelle Cascarino (Manchester United / ENG), Hawa Cissoko (West Ham / ENG), Elisa De Almeida (Paris SG), Magou Doucouré (Reims), Sakina Karchaoui (Paris SG), Maëlle Lakrar (Montpellier), Eve Périsset (Chelsea / ENG), Wendie Renard (Lyon)

Midfielders (7): Kenza Dali (Aston Villa / ENG), Laurina Fazer (Paris SG), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Oriane Jean-François (Paris SG), Léa Le Garrec (Fleury), Amel Majri (Lyon), Sandie Toletti (Real Madrid/ESP)

Forwards (7): Viviane Asseyi (West Ham / ENG), Sandy Baltimore (Paris SG), Kessya Bussy (Reims), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon), Clara Matéo (Paris FC), Ouleymata Sarr ( Paris FC)

With AFP

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