Antoine Griezmann has hinted at displeasure with his role at Barcelona under Ronald Koeman but the new head coach will not cave in.

During the international break France boss Didier Deschamps questioned Koeman's decision to deploy Griezmann on the right wing of a 4-2-3-1 during Barca's first three LaLiga games of 2020-21.

The 29-year-old has registered just one shot on target for the club this season and is yet to create a single chance for a team-mate.

After playing behind a front two of Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe in France's 2-1 win over Croatia on Wednesday, Griezmann told TF1: "The coach knows where to put me."

Koeman told reporters at a news conference to preview Saturday's meeting with Getafe that Griezmann must focus on producing his best display wherever he is used.

"Everyone has the right to say what they want. I spoke to him yesterday, but not because of what he said. We talked about his position and his performance," said Koeman on Friday.

"I seek what's best for the team, and if I think that he's better on the right wing with more freedom, that's it.

"He can also play as a number 10 or a nine, but in the end I decide for the good of the team and every player must give their maximum performance for the team."

Asked how Griezmann can improve, Koeman said: "He is doing all he can, which is to work hard, to be disciplined and have some luck. There were four or five attacks in which he had to do better.

"When I was Netherlands coach and we played France, he played on the right. No further discussion is needed on this topic. The coach is in charge and must get the most out of the players.

"I have no problem with Antoine. I never play anyone in a position they can't play. If there's another position that you like, well, we cannot play with 10 players in the number 10 position."

With a Champions League game against Ferencvaros and the first Clasico of the season against LaLiga champions Real Madrid to come next week, Koeman does not intend to use the Getafe game to rest Lionel Messi.

Messi played 180 minutes – including 90 at an altitude of 3,650 metres in La Paz – as Argentina began their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with wins over Ecuador and Bolivia.

"It always depends on the player. I ask how they are, if they are tired. This afternoon we have our last training session and we will decide the team for tomorrow," said Koeman.

"He is a player who if he does not play is more tired. He's a winner who always wants to play, but I want to talk with him and the others and see how they are physically.

"He has been playing a very tight schedule for many years. If there is a medical issue or fatigue it is different, but he is capable of playing the next important games that lie ahead."

First-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is yet to feature this season after undergoing surgery on his knee and was reportedly aiming to return in time for El Clasico.

However, Koeman does not expect Ter Stegen to be ready for the meeting with Madrid.

"Since Tuesday, he has been training on the pitches and everything is going well for now," said Koeman.

"I don't think he'll be ready for the Clasico. There is no need to set a date. He is a great goalkeeper but we are calm. We are happy with Neto's work."

France coach Didier Deschamps hailed "leader" Paul Pogba after a 2-1 Nations League win over Croatia on Wednesday.

Pogba came off the bench in Zagreb and his long pass led to Lucas Digne setting up Kylian Mbappe's 79th-minute winner.

Antoine Griezmann's eighth-minute opener had earlier been cancelled out by Nikola Vlasic, but France ensured they moved onto 10 points – equal with Portugal in Group A3.

Deschamps was full of praise for Manchester United midfielder Pogba, particularly for the pass that led to Mbappe's goal.

"About Pogba, of course we could talk about him being unquestionable, but we could say the same of Antoine Griezmann," Deschamps told a news conference.

"He is one of the leaders, he has this capacity to be decisive and also to be a leader in the group. He didn't start because it was wiser for him not to start, with the problem that he had.

"But yes, he is one of the most important players of the team. Even though, sometimes, it could have some hard times. But he has this strength to bring together.

"And also, he has this quality in the pre-assist. I don't take away anything from the quality of the centre of Lucas Digne, but he has this technique quality, not necessarily by dribbling as he used to do it before, but this pass is the one that triggers everything."

France will face Finland in a friendly next month before completing their Group A3 campaign against Portugal and Sweden.

Antoine Griezmann says Didier Deschamps knows exactly where to play him after the Barcelona forward played a pivotal role in France's hard-fought win over Croatia. 

Griezmann scored a superb eighth-minute goal, his third international strike of 2020, as Les Bleus prevailed 2-1 in Zagreb. 

The former Atletico Madrid player was deployed in a central position as he worked alongside Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe, who netted a late winner after Nikola Vlasic's equaliser.  

While he impressed for France, Griezmann has yet to find form under new Barca boss Ronald Koeman. Playing predominantly on the right flank, the 29-year-old has failed to score or even create a chance in his three LaLiga appearances in 2020-21.

However, he put any club issues to the back of his mind to help his country come out on top in the Nations League clash on Wednesday.

"The coach knows where to put me," Griezmann said of Deschamps in an interview with TF1. "I take advantage of this situation, of this place, of the confidence of the coach and my team-mates. 

"It was a complicated match, not very beautiful to see, not very beautiful to play, on a difficult ground. We knew how to suffer, the most important is to win and show that we are strong."

France's victory keeps them level on points with Group A3 leaders Portugal, the two nations having drawn 0-0 on Sunday. 

"It was difficult for everyone. We knew we were going to have a battle," Deschamps told TF1. 

"We did the right thing in the second half. This team has always had character. Just because you won a title in 2018 doesn't mean you win with a snap of your fingers.  

"If we didn't manage to score against Portugal, it's also because the opposition was good. We had great opposition today even if we had an excellent start to the match."

Didier Deschamps has said he cannot promise Antoine Griezmann a place in the France team - even though his statistics for Les Bleus look great on paper.

Griezmann has struggled to find his best form since joining Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in July 2019, both with club and country.

He was player of the tournament and top scorer at Euro 2016, and then a World Cup winner with France two years later, but at the age of 29 appears to have lost some of his spark.

Deschamps believes that can return, and on the eve of a Nations League clash with Croatia he said there is no doubting Griezmann's class, even if his most recent form has left much to be desired.

Griezmann was unimpressive in the goalless draw with Portugal on Sunday in Paris, albeit one of a host of star names who failed to live up to their billing, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

France head coach Deschamps said of Griezmann: "I know you're looking at the last game, but look at his stats: 81 caps, 32 goals, 21 assists. It speaks for itself."

He added, however: "It doesn't guarantee him anything, like some other players who could have done better against Portugal. I know his talent and what he can give to the team."

Former France midfielder Alain Giresse questioned the role Griezmann occupied against Portugal, which to his eyes was a more deep-lying position than normal.

Deschamps is aware there is plenty of talk surrounding the man who scored twice and had two assists in France's run to World Cup glory two years ago.

Griezmann's numbers were down at Barcelona last season, with his conversion rate of what Opta defines as 'big chances' a disappointing 38.46 per cent, having been 47.37 in his final year at Atletico and around 60 per cent in each of the previous two campaigns.

"Antoine's position, I can talk about it with him, we've done it for a while," Deschamps said.

"I know very well where he's the most effective, the most influential. It's in a central position obviously. He lacks rhythm, you know why. So, he needs a bit of time, he was much better in the second half compared to the first one [against Portugal]. He's an attacking player but, as he runs a lot, sometimes he's an offensive midfielder."

Deschamps expressed his admiration of Croatia playmaker Luka Modric, who was the driving force behind his country's run to the World Cup final against France in Moscow.

"Luka Modric is a great player and Croatia are much stronger with him, he's very influential n the team, he's a leader on and off the pitch," Deschamps said.

"He didn't get the Ballon d'Or by chance. If Croatia reached the World Cup final in Russia, it's a lot because of Luka Modric.

"On top of that, he's someone I really like, I have met him a few times, he's a good person, very humble and honest.

"We'll watch for him, like every time we're playing against a key player. His position is not very set, but every time he has the ball, he can improve Croatia's game."

Didier Descahmps lauded France for keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet but conceded his side were short of their best in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Portugal.

The two remain locked together at the top of Nations League Group A3 after playing out a goalless draw at the Stade de France, which housed 1,000 socially distanced fans.

It was the first meeting between the sides since Portugal's triumph in the Euro 2016 final, but the contest failed to deliver much in the way of drama.

Ronaldo saw a late strike repelled by Hugo Lloris in what was a largely underwhelming clash between the champions of the world and the champions of Europe.

"We can always do better," admitted Les Bleus boss Deschamps.

"With the quality of the opponent we took precautions, we did not see Ronaldo this evening.

"It was more difficult for the attacking units in this game. Sometimes it is the movements that are not good, sometimes the passes do not arrive.

"We have to do better in the last move to win the match."

Deschamps was keen to highlight the excellent defensive work of both teams in shutting out two line-ups full of attacking quality.

"We knew that Portugal was a great team, we must rather talk about the defensive quality of the two teams," he said.

"The midfielders were very efficient in terms of technical accuracy... they allowed us to have more control, especially in the second half."

Next up for France is Wednesday's match away to Croatia.

Cristiano Ronaldo is Kylian Mbappe's football idol but it is much too soon to be comparing the two, says France coach Didier Deschamps.

Les Bleus host Portugal on Sunday for a Nations League Group A3 clash, with both teams having taken six points from two games thus far.

That means Mbappe is set to come up against Juventus star Ronaldo, who is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner and has won league titles in England, Spain and Italy, as well as the Champions League five times.

Like Ronaldo, Mbappe enjoyed a rapid rise to superstardom as a teenager and at the age of 21 is already a World Cup winner.

But Deschamps says the 14-year gap in age makes comparisons between the two tricky.

"He [Ronaldo] was his idol. But I think that Cristiano was and is the idol of many young football players," Deschamps told a pre-match news conference. 

"It's difficult to compare them. Cristiano has been playing for many years at the highest level. They aren't the same age. I think it will be better to make a comparison when Kylian will be as old as Cristiano is now. 

"They are two players who are able to be decisive for their team at any moment. It is a strength of Cristiano and it is also one of Kylian, even if he is younger. They both are top players."

Deschamps led France to glory at Russia 2018 two years after his team were beaten 1-0 by Portugal in the final of their home European Championship.

The head coach said little can be learned from that game ahead of their latest meeting, though.

"It was a long time ago and we can't change anything so there is no point to think about it," he added. 

"It's okay to think about good memories but it's not the case. Congratulations to them, they were the European champions four years ago. It was also a useful experience for us. 

"We know what happened next. Tomorrow, we will meet again. But there are not so many players who were there. In our team, I think six players were in our group in 2016. 

"It will be a great game, between two great European teams. It will be the opportunity to assess our strengths, because we will face them again next month in Portugal and also in June, as planned."

Eduardo Camavinga is already bordering on being undroppable for France boss Didier Deschamps.

Rennes midfielder Camavinga made his first international start in the friendly against Ukraine on Wednesday and opened the scoring in a 7-1 victory with an overhead kick in the ninth minute.

At 17 years and 11 months old, he became the second youngest player to score for Les Bleus after Maurice Gastiger (17 years, five months) against Switzerland in March 1914.

Camavinga was drafted into the squad in September as a late replacement for Paul Pogba following the Manchester United midfielder's positive coronavirus test and became France's youngest debutant in 106 years when he came off the bench against Croatia.

France face Portugal and Croatia in the Nations League on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.

Deschamps is wary of demanding too much from Camavinga – who is reportedly a target for Real Madrid – but admits the teenager is making it hard not to pick him.

"I don't really want to put him out of the squad or the team considering how he plays. Let's see, he is still young," said Deschamps

"I need to manage him like Julien Stephan is managing Eduardo at Rennes. He will play every three days soon. He is a very young player with a lot of great skills and huge talent.

"I already selected him last month, I think he is good enough and that's why he plays. He needs to show his skills on the pitch, even if we should not ask too much either.

"He is here. We all know the huge competition we have in the midfield but it's not the others and him, it's totally him among the others. I will need to make some choices."

A double from Olivier Giroud, who captained the team on his 100th appearance, and an own goal from Vitaliy Mykolenko sent France into half-time 4-0 up.

Viktor Tsygankov pulled one back for Ukraine but goals from Corentin Tolisso and substitutes Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann secured a resounding triumph.

Giroud's brace took him to 42 international goals, sending him above Michel Platini and into second on France's all-time scoring list – only Thierry Henry (51) has more.

"I am very happy for Olivier, not only for his 100th game with us. Even if he did not score every time, he is always very important for us, he is one of the players who started with me in 2012," said Deschamps.

"He always has this fire inside, this passion. Bravo! That's why I asked him to be captain tonight. It may be symbolism but I know it's important for him. It's done. I won't give him gifts, he knows that, but I hope he can keep doing things like that."

Didier Deschamps can understand why an out-of-sorts Antoine Griezmann would not be happy as he continues to be played out of position at Barcelona.

Griezmann endured a poor first season at Barca following his big-money move from LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.

The France forward has also struggled early in Ronald Koeman's reign at Camp Nou, with the former Netherlands boss selecting him on the right rather than down the middle.

Les Bleus boss Deschamps on Monday stated he will talk to Griezmann after he reported for international duty.

"I do not interfere with the use of my players in other clubs, be it Barca or another," said Deschamps.

"Antoine is playing on the right there at the moment. What I can say and it does not go against Ronald Koeman because Antoine told him that he did not understand why he did not play in a central position.

"For me, he is still more effective when he is in the heart of the game, so he touches the balls. He has the possibility to come and help in the midfield too.

"He doesn't have the ability to take the ball and provoke on the wing like others. He especially needs to touch the ball a lot, he is smart in his movements.

"I'm talking to him, I'll see him later. I am sure he is not happy with this situation. We must do the best, taking into account the different situations at Barca, the system and the players.

"Antoine never complains, but to give his full potential it's always better when a player is in his best position."

Paul Pogba is set to make his first appearance for France since June 2019 after he was included in Didier Deschamps' 24-man squad for the October internationals, with Eduardo Camavinga keeping his place.

Pogba, who last featured for Les Bleus in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Andorra 16 months ago, was due to be included in France's squad for games against Sweden and Croatia in September, but tested positive for coronavirus.

Rennes teenager Camavinga was a surprise replacement, and went on to make his debut in a 4-2 win over Croatia on September 8.

The 17-year-old has once again been selected by Deschamps, who was able to welcome back Manchester United star Pogba.

"He knows the place he has in the group," Deschamps said of Pogba in a news conference on Thursday.

"He had a very complicated last season. I prefer to have him there, available."

Camavinga also drew the praise of France's World Cup-winning coach.

"He has the ability to do things very well. Especially in the use of the ball," Deschamps said. "He is not at all rushed on the ball. He has everything going for him."

France face Ukraine in a friendly on October 7, before a Nations League double-header against defending champions Portugal and World Cup 2018 runners up Croatia.

Deschamps, however, insists he has no complaints over a pile up of fixtures after a 10-month absence from international football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I'm not going to say that there are too many games. We went 10 months without a game," Deschamps added. "There will be rotation. All the players will have a longer playing time."

Also included in the squad is Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, who also tested positive for coronavirus prior to the September fixtures.

Aouar has been strongly linked with Arsenal, with Deschamps acknowledging the youngster may not join up with the squad on Monday – or could leave the camp – if a deadline day move is being pushed through.

France squad in full:

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (Lille), Steve Mandanda (Marseille); Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid); Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Rennes), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Houssem Aouar (Lyon); Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (PSG).

France head coach Didier Deschamps responded to Leonardo after the Paris Saint-Germain sporting director's criticism over the handling of Kylian Mbappe's positive coronavirus test.

Mbappe was withdrawn from the France squad after testing positive for COVID-19, but Les Bleus were still too strong for Croatia 4-2 in the Nations League on Tuesday.

Leonardo was unhappy to hear about the PSG star's positive test through the media and felt the Ligue 1 champions had been disrespected.

But Deschamps dismissed any suggestions France had been disrespectful, saying they were rushed into releasing the confirmation.

"I will be factual. At the end of the training session, Kylian has a positive test. We deal with the most in a hurry by isolating him from the rest of the group," he told a news conference, via L'Equipe.

"At the same time, 10 tests are pending and are arriving in dribbles. We arranged for Kylian to be taken care of so he could go home.

"I would add that for all the players who test positive there is a need for confirmation from the laboratory, which takes time, because they re-analyse. We have this confirmation around 10pm. In the meantime, one of you has released the info.

"So that it does not go all over the place, we decided to issue a press release. That's what happened. We were in a hurry. There was little doubt, but we were supposed to wait for confirmation. I don't think I disrespected anyone."

Mbappe is set to miss PSG's opening Ligue 1 game of the 2020-21 season against Lens on Thursday.

Anthony Martial was pleased to have made an impact for France upon his return to the squad after two and a half years in the wilderness as the world champions defeated Croatia 4-2 in the Nations League.

France head coach Didier Deschamps called up Martial to the national team for the first time since March 2018 following a stellar season at club level for the Manchester United striker.

The 24-year-old came on as a substitute in the 1-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday and won a penalty that Antoine Griezmann fired over.

With Kylian Mbappe ruled out of Tuesday's Nations League clash against Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus, Martial was handed a start and set up Griezmann to restore parity after Dejan Lovren's opener in Paris.

Martial then saw his effort from Wissam Ben Yedder's cross hit the post and go in off the back off goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, putting France ahead before half-time.

Josip Brekalo equalised 10 minutes after the restart but Dayot Upamecano's header and a penalty from Olivier Giroud gave Les Bleus victory in the replay of the 2018 World Cup final, which they won by the same scoreline.

"It's been a long time since I played for France and it was important to me to have a good match," Martial told TF1. "I managed to score and provide an assist. We won and I'm very happy.

"It was a bit complicated in the front three at the start because we didn't have the ball, but as soon as we managed to combine, we knew how to put them in danger.

"The victory was great. We scored points and that's important."

France laboured to victory over Sweden and Deschamps persisted with the same 3-4-3 formation against Croatia, though he changed seven players in his line-up.

Deschamps hopes to iron out the kinks in the system ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 next year.

"It's a good thing we had difficulties. The formation is new and we don't have all the automatisms. I changed seven players between the two matches, but I'm not looking for excuses," he told TF1.

"We need to be having difficulties now. June 2021 will not be the time for that.

"Everyone can analyse as they please. This system has advantages and disadvantages, but it will be necessary to repeat this system to develop the automatisms."

Eduardo Camavinga is determined to earn another France call-up by continuing to impress with Rennes.

Teenage midfielder Camavinga became France's youngest debutant since 1914 by earning his first cap at the age of 17 years and 303 days in the 4-2 Nations League win over Croatia on Tuesday.

The Rennes prodigy, who is reportedly a target for Real Madrid, was included in the squad after Manchester United star Paul Pogba tested positive for coronavirus.

After watching Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sweden from the bench, Camavinga replaced N'Golo Kante in the 63rd minute against Croatia to make his first senior international appearance.

"First of all, I feel joy and pride for my family. And for all French people," Camavinga told TF1.

"I have no idea where this confidence comes from, I have often played with the oldest, it allowed me to have a greater maturity.

"It was pretty crazy this first week at Clairefontaine [the France team's training base], I had already come with the youth team. I was very well received and it went well.

"My goal is to come back, of course, and first of all to concentrate on performing well with my club because we have a match on Sunday. And then with the national team if I am called back."

Croatia took the lead at the Stade de France through a fine finish from Dejan Lovren, before Antoine Griezmann struck and Dominik Livakovic scored an own goal in the space of three minutes.

Josip Brekalo equalised 10 minutes into the second half, but Dayot Upamecano's header and a penalty from Olivier Giroud meant France won the replay of the 2018 World Cup final by the same scoreline as in Moscow two years ago.

"Yes, we had a better second half, it was not difficult, especially after the first 30 minutes," France head coach Didier Deschamps told TF1.

"We scored four goals, it's still something positive, even if we conceded two. In these two matches, it was not easy, but the results are there.

"Two years ago it was more important but we appreciate this evening too."

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 21-year-old has left the France squad after returning a positive test the day before their Nations League match against Croatia.

Mbappe is also expected to be unavailable for PSG's Ligue 1 matches with Lens, Marseille, Metz and Nice as he enters a period of quarantine.

The former Monaco man had been expected to play against Croatia, having shaken off an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Sweden last week.

"Kylian Mbappe will miss the game against Croatia," France confirmed in a short Twitter statement on Monday.

"His COVID-19 test - carried out by UEFA this morning - was positive, and he was isolated from the rest of the squad."

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and midfielder Houssem Aouar had already left the France squad after testing positive for COVID-19.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba had to withdraw shortly before Didier Deschamps' latest group was announced, having also returned a positive test.

Meanwhile, PSG have had six confirmed cases of the virus from among those players who are going through pre-season preparations.

Thomas Tuchel's side are due to begin their Ligue 1 title defence against Lens on Thursday in a match that has already been pushed back after PSG reached the Champions League final in August.

Kylian Mbappe is fit to play for France in Tuesday's Nations League meeting with Croatia after responding well to a right ankle knock, coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

Mbappe was forced off 77 minutes into France's slender 1-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, with the Paris Saint-Germain star suffering a blow to his foot.

The 21-year-old damaged the same ankle in PSG's Coupe de France final triumph over Saint-Etienne on July 24, just about recovering in time for the resumption of the club's Champions League campaign three weeks later.

Although Mbappe said after the unconvincing Sweden victory that he would be fine, Deschamps expressed concern and insisted he would take no risks with the prodigious forward.

But it appears he has recovered quickly and will be in contention for Tuesday's rematch of the 2018 World Cup final.

"It's okay, I've no particular worries," Deschamps told reporters on Monday regarding Mbappe's condition.

"He had a little shock during the game. He will take part in today's session. As he says, with each passing day things are getting better and better. I've no fears for his ankle compared to Saturday.

"The full 23 are available, Kim [Presnel Kimpembe] and Kylian too, they know it, I know it. I am not in the place of the clubs.

"This is an international match and we will do everything to win it, even if in the analysis I take different things into account."

While Mbappe is available, Deschamps may opt against throwing him in from the start due to his condition, meaning Anthony Martial – the PSG striker's replacement on Saturday – could get his first start for Les Bleus since a March 2018 friendly against Russia.

Deschamps recognises his versatility in attack is useful, while captain Hugo Lloris noted the 24-year-old appears more confident having enjoyed a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

"He's capable of playing on the flank too, but in Manchester he's really a number nine," Deschamps said. "He might not have the typical profile of a centre-forward, though he has that versatility there. He has gained consistency and efficiency."

Lloris added: "I don't know how his relationship with Solskjaer is, but I find he is more confident."

France will be hoping to at the very least keep pace with Portugal at the top of Nations League Group A3 when they face Croatia, who were resoundingly beaten 4-1 by Fernando Santos' talented side on Saturday.

Portugal will be hosted by Sweden on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo potentially back in contention as they go for two wins from as many games.

France head coach Didier Deschamps said he is unwilling to take risks with Kylian Mbappe as the world champions look ahead to their Nations League clash against Croatia.

Mbappe scored the winning goal but hurt his ankle in France's unconvincing 1-0 victory over Sweden in their Nations League Group A3 opener on Saturday.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, who overcame an ankle problem to take part in his club's run to the Champions League final, was substituted with 13 minutes remaining after a blow to his foot in Stockholm.

Deschamps was asked about Mbappe's fitness as France prepare for Tuesday's fixture against Croatia – a rematch of the 2018 World Cup final.

"He was better after the game," Deschamps told reporters. "He took a bad blow on his sensitive ankle. He kept playing, even if I did not take any risk.

"We will see how he feels tomorrow [Sunday]. The other players too. I don't want to take any risk. So let's see how his ankle reacts tomorrow. I'll talk with him to see if he can play on Tuesday against Croatia."

Deschamps added: "I did not find him less strong than usual. He is not at his best, clearly, as others, but has this power to score all the time as he did on his action of his goal. There are not many players who can do that.

"He has some lightnings, he is maybe not into consistency but he is a permanent danger for the opponent. He had his injury and he tried everything to be there at the Champions League final eight where he plays the final.

"After that he stopped playing. He needs to be careful at the training sessions, before and after. We were not very worried about his ankle, it's still not the case. As he said, with time it would be better every day."

Meanwhile, 21-year-old RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano made his debut for France.

Upamecano, who has been linked to Manchester United, was yellow carded early and Deschamps said:" First selection is never easy when you are a young player, and he is a young player.

"He can't have the same confidence of those who play many games with us. He took an early yellow card, so it's not just the risks he took as a defender with the ball, it's more about his fault. Because there are 90 minutes almost to deal with after that, and it change his way to defend then in his interventions. 

"But he needs to go through this period, he has shown a lot of physical presence in the defensive area. He knows how to play in this 3-5-2 system, even if with Leipzig he plays more in the centre of the back three. And it was the first time he played with these players.

"I don't give excuses, but I take that in consideration for my analysis. He is able to control better [his nerves] but he is a very young player and this game will help him for what comes next."

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