Konate earns France recall as Deschamps admits Mbappe isn’t at his best

Konate earns France recall as Deschamps admits Mbappe isn't at his best
Konate earns France recall as Deschamps admits Mbappe isn't at his best

Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate earned a recall to the France squad on Thursday following injury for next week’s Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands and a friendly with Scotland.

France coach Didier Deschamps also selected Marseille defender Jonathan Clauss for the first time in over a year as his side look to secure their place at next year’s tournament in Germany.

The 2022 World Cup runners-up top Group B with a maximum 15 points from five matches and can make sure of qualification with a victory over the Dutch in Amsterdam on October 13.

The Netherlands are six points behind in second but have a game in hand. France won the first meeting 4-0 at home in March.

Konate started the first four qualifiers but missed the 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland and a defeat by Germany in a friendly last month because of a hamstring injury.

Clauss returns to the France set-up despite the crisis currently afflicting Marseille, whose coach Marcelino Garcia Toral resigned after just se

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