Chelsea pair Malo Gusto and Axel Disasi left out of France squad for March friendlies

Chelsea pair Malo Gusto and Axel Disasi have been left out of France’s squad for their upcoming international friendlies.

Centre-back Disasi was included in Didier Deschamps’ last squad in November.

The 26-year-old was an unused substitute during the 14-0 victory over Gibraltar and came on in the 5th minute during the 2-2 draw with Greece.

Gusto, 20, was not selected for Deschamps’ squad in November, but has impressed with his club form of late.

The right-back has had an extended run in the team due to first-choice right-back and club captain Reece James’ hamstring injury. 

France face Germany at the Groupama Stadium on March 23 and then Chile at the Stade Velodrome on March 26.

These are France’s final fixtures before the start of the European Championships in Germany this summer.

When asked in February about the possibility of him making France’s Euro 2024 squad, Gusto told The Athletic: “It is a target for me. I have got this idea in my head but, for the moment, I have to just keep focusing on Chelsea, on every game, starting this weekend.

“And after, we will see what happens. But it is a target for me, for sure, 100 per cent.”

Gusto made his only senior international appearance during the 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in October. Disasi has earned five caps, including being part of France’s 2022 World Cup squad where he was a late substitute in the final.

France squad in full

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham United), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens).

Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Lucas Hernandez (Paris Saint-Germain), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Inter), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zaire-Emery (Paris Saing-Germain).

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Paris Saint-Germain), Moussa Diaby (Aston Villa), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcus Thuram (Inter), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).


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