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Deschamps concern about Moldova

AFP, France
Deschamps concern about Moldova
France’s head coach Didier Deschamps (R) speaks with defender Samuel Umtiti during a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on Monday as part of the team’s preparation for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 Group H qualifying matches against Moldova and Iceland. AFP PHOTO

 

Didier Deschamps expects unfancied Moldova to make life difficult for world champions France when they begin Euro 2020 qualifying in Chisinau on Friday.

France, who finished second to the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League section, will be heavily favoured to finish top of Group H which also includes Iceland, Turkey, Albania and Andorra.

“You must be wary, there’s no ideal match. We know very well it will largely depend on us, but this Moldova side will try their luck at home,” Deschamps said on Monday.

Moldova are ranked 170th in the world and haven’t won a competitive match -- other than a pair Nations League victories over San Marino last year -- since 2013.

“There probably won’t be much space. We’ve already come up against these type of situations and they’re not the easiest. You get by with accuracy, movement and by mixing things up.”

“It’s never easy but we know what to expect,” he added. Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is back in the France squad for the first time since November 2017 following a raft of injury problems.

“He had a serious injury, and a succession of injuries which slowed him down,” said Deschamps. “He’s been an important player for Bayern Munich this season.”

Coman played six of seven matches, including 62 minutes of the final, as France finished runners-up to Portugal on home soil at Euro 2016.

However, the 22-year-old has featured just four times for his country since the 1-0 extra-time defeat at the Stade de France.

“He was unlucky ahead of the World Cup because he had this serious injury, but it’s been a while since Kingsley has been with us. “He proved at Euro 2016 what he is capable of doing.”

France will then host Iceland on March 25 in Paris in a repeat of their Euro 2016 quarter-final, which Les Bleus won 5-2.

Hudson-Odoi, Ward-Prowse earn England call-ups amid drop outs

Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi was called up by England for the first time, while Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was also drafted into Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday amid a series of withdrawals due to injury.

Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, John Stones and Luke Shaw have pulled out for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

Hudson-Odoi, 18, has yet to make a Premier League start, but has impressed in cup competitions and the Europa League for Chelsea, as well as fleeting appearances off the bench in the top-flight and attracted interest from German champions Bayern Munich in January.

“It’s been a crazy day but getting my first (senior) international call-up is an amazing feeling,” said Hudson-Odoi, who had just arrived in Bristol for his first call-up to the England under-21 squad before being told to head to the senior side’s training base in the Midlands.

“I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn’t believe it. I was delighted. It’s a dream come true. “Now I’ve got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity.”

Ward-Prowse has just one senior international cap but is well-known to England boss Gareth Southgate from their time together as manager and captain of England’s under-21s.

The 24-year-old has led Southampton’s battle for Premier League survival with goals in his past three games, including brilliant free-kicks against Manchester United and Tottenham.

 

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