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Hidalgo, Chimbonda, Savidan … Glory and setbacks of the Blues for a day

STORY – Since 1904, 244 players have only worn the France team jersey once. Back to these separate cases.

If Didier Deschamps places his trust in him, Mattéo Guendouzi will celebrate in Reykjavik this Tuesday (8:45 p.m., TF1) his first selection for the French team. By taking part in this meeting (a simple entry into play will suffice) closing the qualifiers for the Blues for the 2022 World Cup, the young Marseille midfielder of 22 years will enter the very large circle of internationals whose counter displays a selection. Benoît Costil, if he replaces Hugo Lloris during the match, he will come out, honoring his second tenure against Finland.

This temporary army of 244 players in a single cape constitutes more than a quarter of the totality of the 920 Habs called up since 1904 and the first international match against Belgium! Raphaël Perry, journalist at AFP, carried out a meticulous work of historian and even sometimes of genealogist (he thus found the first name of Ferdinand Rochet, international whose identity had partially disappeared from the archives of the French Federation

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