France have named the two French players of the Tigers in their squad for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics as two of their three allocated glut. André-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin will play in the France team which will open its participation in the Olympic tournament against Mexico on July 22. France have a very competitive team and are among the contenders for the gold medal, especially being the big favorite for their match against Mexico.
André-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin both made careers for the French team before their stint at Tigres. Thavin is the recent acquisition of Tigres and was part of the winning team of the 2015 U20 World Cup, and more importantly, of the 2018 World Cup squad. Gignac was a part of the 2010 World Cup. After coming to the Tigers, his impressive level led him to be part of the UEFA Euro 2016 squad, and Gignac even played in the final where a shot from him hit the post in what would have been the winning goal before losing the final against Portugal. This summons means a return to the French team in what will probably be the last tournament for Gignac at 35, but not necessarily for Thauvin.
With their summons, Gignac and Thauvin are expected to be the only Tigers players to enter the competition as no Tigers player is on the Mexican Under-24 national team, which could reveal a lot about the lack of opportunities for young players in the team. Their city rivals Monterrey are expected to have two players, Carlos Rodriguez and Cesar Montes, meaning the France v Mexico game could be another match in their lifelong rivalry between the two teams.