The France team will start Euro 2022 this Sunday in England, without its best player Amandine Henry. The Lyonnaise is still cold with coach Corinne Deacon.
Euro 2022 started on Wednesday evening with the victory of the host country, England, against Austria (1-0). And for the France team, everything will start on Sunday evening with a match against Italy, in Roterham.
No Le Sommer or Henry with Les Bleues
In the eleven tricolor, it will not be worth looking for Eugénie Le Sommer. The top scorer in the history of Les Bleues (175 caps, 86 goals) was not retained by Corinne Deacon. There will be no Amandine Henry either, since the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder is also among the banned.
Between Amandine Henry and Corinne Deacon, everything exploded at the end of 2020. Not selected for the previous gathering of the Bleues, when she was the captainthe OL player said everything on her heart in an interview with Canal+. In summary, Henry has publicly mentioned the fact that relations were very tense between Deacon and some of his players, in particular the Lyonnaises. His goal was then to provoke a reaction from the coach, to start a dialogue that has never really taken place since, despite the timid efforts of Noël Le Graët.
Deacon remains adamant
Deacon has never forgiven his player for this way of doing things. “This is a subject which, for me, should have been dealt with internally. I was surprised because I was not aware of what was dowry. Before talking to the media, it would have been nice to talk to the person concerned, quite simply. It’s good, sometimes, to wash your dirty laundry with the family, ” confided the coach a year later.
“From the moment you appoint someone captain, you have to have confidenceshe added. I no longer trust Amandine as captain. » Deacon assures that the door is not closed for Henry, but in fact it is just like. The Lyonnaise is no longer called up for selection, and it is difficult to justify on a sporting level. Henry won the Champions League by scoring a sublime goal in the final. She was voted three best player of the season by Marca, behind the Spaniard Putellas and the Australian Kerr. We can legitimately consider her the best French player currently, but the Bleues will have to do without her because of this clash with Deacon.
Henry: “I can look at myself in a mirror”
Despite everything, Amandine Henry does not regret her speech. ” If I hadn’t been captain, maybe I wouldn’t have made it. But it was a duty for meshe recently confided in an interview with Oh My Goal. I have never encountered so much adversity (with a trainer, editor’s note). I have never come across such a case! »
The Lyonnaise also assures that she has received positive feedback from her teammates. ” At the time, what was I told? ‘Cheer !’ ‘Wow!’ And even now, I’m told: ‘Poor thing…’, ‘You spoke for the group and it’s you who takes…’ That’s what I’m told. I know that I can look at myself in a mirror. We have to move forward now. (…) I did it with my heart, it was seen. Even if I would have preferred to speak in other circumstances. “And even if it costs him a place at the Euro…