It’s a story that has continued for decades and it is not about to end since Thursday’s announcement by Didier Deschamps of the French squad for the next three qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup, against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine and Finland. Among the 23 players selected by the coach of the Blues is once more a player from Monaco: Aurélien Tchouameni, who will undoubtedly win his first cap on this occasion.
4️⃣ nouveaux joueurs dans la liste de Didier Deschamps pour le rassemblement qui débute lundi ! 👋 @TheoHernandez, @atchouameni, @JordanVeretout et @MoussaDiaby_19 🇫🇷 #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/kcIpkhy26d
— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) August 26, 2021
In Niko Kovac’s current squad, “Tchouam” will be the fourth French international, along with world champion Djibril Sidibé, Wissam Ben Yedder and Ruben Aguilar. The Rouge et Blanc number 8 is now the 69th player playing AS Monaco to be called up for the France team. Only Olympique de Marseille have more, with 81.
Five Monégasques have been World Champions with Les Bleus
An “official supplier” of internationals for France, who have very often been trained at the club, AS Monaco has counted among its ranks legends such as Manuel Amoros, a French international 61 times during his time on the Rock and European champion in 1984, along with Bruno Bellone (31), Yvon Le Roux (10), Bernard Genghini (9) and Daniel Bravo (5).
Closer to home, when World Champions France also had a touch of Rouge et Blanc with Fabien Barthez (37), Thierry Henry (11) and David Trezeguet (21) in 1998, and Djibril Sidibé (18) and Thomas Lemar (13) in 2018. In total, AS Monaco players have accumulated 553 caps for France team during their time at the club — only OM, PSG and Lyon did better.
Join us in wishing Aurélien the same success as his predecessors in “Bleu” 💪🇫🇷
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) August 26, 2021