Pogba returns to France squad after missing previous UEFA Nations League games due to coronavirus


The Manchester United midfielder is back in the selection of Didier Deschamps alongside Arsenal target Houssem Aouar, who could win his first senior selection

Paul Pogba has returned to the fold for France after being called up by coach Didier Deschamps for their next trio of matches during the October international break.The Manchester United midfielder is one of 24 players selected by Deschamps to take on Ukraine in a friendly before a UEFA Nations League double against Portugal and Croatia.

Pogba missed the internationals last month after testing positive for coronavirus, but has fully recovered and is available to play for the 2018 World Cup winners again.

The Bayern Munich trio of Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso are also back for Les Bleus. They were rested for the September internationals following their involvement in the Bundesliga winners’ run to the Champions League final, where they beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0.

Among the notable names chosen by Deschamps, Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is getting serious attention from Arsenal transfers.

Aouar was called up for France’s last squad after Pogba’s withdrawal and reportedly made his senior international debut, but he then tested positive for Covid-19 himself and missed the game. Deschamps has once again turned to the attacking midfielder and he is on the verge of winning his first selection.

Aouar has been rewarded for his superb form in recent months, which helped Lyon reach the Champions League semi-finals and put him on the radar of big European clubs.

Eduardo Camavinga and Dayot Upamecano, who were called up for the first time against Sweden and Croatia last month, are also back in the squad.

Rennes teenager Camavinga, who refused to move to Real Madrid this summer, has been very impressed with his debut and will be due again in the coming week.

Among the most notable names to miss are Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Full workforce of France:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan, Steve Mandanda

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Clément Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, N’Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso

Attackers: Houssem Aouar, Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe


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