Borussia Moenchengladbach freight forwarder Marcus Thuram, son of France’s 1998 World Cup winner Lilian, hopes to win her maiden cap on Wednesday when the world champions face Finland in a friendly match at the Stade de France.
Thuram have scored three goals in ten games for the Bundesliga club in all competitions this season, including a double in their 2-2 Champions League draw against Real Madrid last month.
He received his first call-up to the French national team when coach Didier Deschamps appointed a 26-man squad on Thursday for three international matches this month.
“He has the ability to make a difference with his power and influence,” Deschamps said of the 23-year-old who was in the French squad that won the European Championships in 19 in 2016.
After the Finland match, France will play Nations League matches away to the European champions Portugal on November 14 and at home against Sweden three days later.
Deschamps also included injured striker Kylian Mbappe who missed Paris St Germain’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, while Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was left out with a muscle problem.
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar was also ruled out of the upcoming internationals on Monday after suffering an injury in his club’s derby victory against Saint-Etienne.
Aouar made his international debut in the 7-1 home match against Ukraine in October, but did not participate in the next two Nations League matches against Portugal and Croatia.
France are second in Nations League A Group 3 with 10 points from four games behind Portugal on goal difference. Croatia is third with three points while Sweden is down without points.
Their opponents on Wednesday will hope to be able to limit their form after beating Ireland at home and away.
Finland was long a negligible force in European football and reached its first major tournament after finishing second after Italy in the qualifiers for Euro 2020, driven by Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki.
The tournament has been relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
( Jowharwith REUTERS, AFP)