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Official: Real Madrid duo, Atletico forward called up by France national team

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With the first international break of 2023 on the horizon, France national team manager Didier Deschamps has announced his squad for the upcoming set of fixtures, calling up two Real Madrid stars and an Atletico Madrid ace.

France will begin their qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro 2024 this month with a home game against the Netherlands before facing off against the Republic of Ireland away.

And, Deschamps has named two Real Madrid stars in his 23-man squad for the crucial fixtures, with Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni getting the call-up.

Tchouameni has grown into an integral part of the France setup under Deschamps and was an integral presence in their run-up to the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. So, his inclusion does not come as a major surprise.

Camavinga, meanwhile, has been named on the list as a defender, indicating that Deschamps views the Real Madrid midfielder as a backup left-back, a position that the youngster has played in for both club and country in recent times.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann earns another call-up into the France squad, which is hardly surprising given that he is a major part of Deschamps’ plans.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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