France coach Didier Deschamps called Matteo Guendouzi to replace Paul Pogba in the rally.
Pogba lost the opportunity to play due to an ankle injury in the recent match of Man Utd (1-1 draw on Southampton’s field in Round 4 of the Premier League). Coach Deschamps decided to put his trust in Guendouzi, the midfielder who is performing at Arsenal.
This is the first time Guendouzi has been called up to France. The 20-year-old star will have the opportunity to debut against Albania or Andorra within the next week. “I was only about to take a nap for about 10 minutes when someone knocked on the door to the room, saying ‘You have to get up now, to return to the national team.”
Guendouzi has been an important part of Arsenal since the beginning of this season. After the Tottenham 2-2 draw, he received many compliments from fans and experts.
Thanks to the performance of players like Guendouzi, Arsenal are ranked fifth in the Premier League. They only lost to the Liverpool candidate, drew against Tottenham and won the remaining two matches.
In Group H qualifying Euro 2020, France is leading thanks to goal difference. They have the same nine points with Turkey and Iceland after four games: three wins and one draw.
The top two teams in each group will have tickets to the final round. The two matches against Albania and Andorra have important implications for France in “cutting off” Turkey and Iceland.
As the 2018 World Cup champion, France is well positioned and well prepared to be crowned the Euro. New factors like Guendouzi are expected to make a positive contribution to this process.
Solskjaer confirmed Pogba will stay at Man Utd
Man Utd coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists midfielder Paul Pogba will stay at Old Trafford despite rumors to Real Madrid.
Paul Pogba has long had a reputation to go to Real Madrid. The Spanish team also openly expressed their desire to have midfielder Man Utd, but the obstacle of this deal lies in the transfer value. Real have two days left to attempt, before the transfer market in La Liga closes on September 2.