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Official: Real Madrid trio included in France’s 2024 Euros squad

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As we move closer to the end of the 2023/24 campaign, European nations have already kickstarted the preparation for the upcoming Euro 2024.

Hosts Germany had already released its final squad earlier in the day, featuring two Real Madrid stars Toni Kroos and Antonio Rudiger.

Now, France have released their final squad for Euro 2024, featuring no less than three Real Madrid players.

Who are these players?

The most obvious picks for Didier Deschamps, as far as the French team is concerned, were Real Madrid’s star midfield duo of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.

Both have enjoyed a formidable campaign under Carlo Ancelotti this season, showcasing excellent synergy and versatility.

One would expect at least one of these stars to play a crucial role in the French midfield, which does have other options including N’Golo Kante, Adrien Rabiot, Warren Zaire-Emery and Youssouf Fofana.

While Tchouameni and Camavinga were guaranteed inclusions, one of Deschamps’ more unpredictable picks was another Real Madrid player in the form of Ferland Mendy.

The marauding left-back has earned a place in the team in light of his performances at Real Madrid during the second half of the campaign.

Mendy has indeed been a useful component in the Real Madrid backline this season and he will compete with Lucas Hernandez for a place in France’s left-back position in Euro 2024.

Real Madrid, who are on the hunt for a new left-back this summer, will be aware that Mendy’s performances in Euro 2024 could skyrocket his valuation, thus enabling them to sell the player at a higher fee.

Some key omissions made by Deschamps, though, include Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi while Chelsea duo Malo Gusto and Christopher Nkunku have also missed out.

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‘Not good’ – National team coach insists Real Madrid veteran should play every game

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Croatia have announced their final squad for the upcoming European Championship in Germany this summer.

There were no surprises, with Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric making the list. The midfielder is all set to play yet another important international tournament with Croatia, with the aim of winning his first silverware for the nation.

At the age of 38, though, one would expect Croatia to dilute the role of Modric, in order to make way for other players in the team.

Zlatko Dalic on Luka Modric

But contrary to the expectations, it appears Croatia plan on once again utilising the full potential of Modric in Euro 2024, knowing his experience and leadership could be key in the team’s success.

When asked about Modric’s inclusion in the national team, Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic confirmed that he will try to deploy the midfielder ‘in every match’, unlike what the scenario is at Real Madrid this season.

The leader of Croatia (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is not good for Luka to be dosed, he has to be on the field every game, then he is even better. He played a little less games this season, but we expect him to be our leader,” Dalic told the media (h/t Zadarski).

With a staggering 174 caps, Modric is by far the most experienced player in the Croatian team right now.

Even though Croatia has not won any major tournaments, Modric has a strong track record with the national team, notably leading Hrvatska to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, only to lose to France.

Croatia, though, were only able to reach the Round of 16 in the last two editions of the European Championship. The last time Croatia were able to go beyond the Round of 16 stage was in 2008. Interestingly, a then 22-year-old Modric was a part of the team.

This time around, Croatia will be taking on a tricky group, with Spain, Italy and Albania as their opponents. Securing a knockout place, therefore, could be challenging, but it’s a challenge Modric and co will embrace with open arms.

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