“When you see yourself on the list (from the France team), there are two feelings: joy and fear. ” During an interview very noticed and broadcast on Canal + this Sunday, the captain of the French football team Amandine Henry assures him: there is “A lot of problems” among the Blue. With a main target: the coach Corinne Deacon. Its management during the World Cup-2019 was thus qualified as «chaos total» by the Lyon midfielder.
During the competition organized in France, “Sportingly, I did not experience 100% fulfillment. Humanly, I saw girls crying in their rooms. It was total chaos ”, confides Amandine Henry, not selected for the last two qualifying matches for Euro-2022, “Sports criteria” being invoked by Deacon.
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Returning to the announcement of her non-selection, the 31-year-old remembers that “the call (by Corinne Deacon) lasted fourteen, fifteen seconds, I’ll remember it all my life. I was shocked at the time […] This discussion hurt me, I was really touched, in addition to sport I felt great ”.
🗨️ “The call lasted 15 seconds. I will remember it all my life […]”
— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) November 15, 2020
A surprise non-selection which had made several players of the France team react. The blue side and teammate in Lyon Amel Majri had notably mentioned «tensions» around the selection. For Amandine Henry, the choice is anything but sporty: “I think it happened the week that Noël Le Graët came to Lyon to give us a medal following our victory in the Champions League. It’s been a while since I had heavy and negative feedback with players who told me “This is no longer possible, something must be done “. The presence of the president was a godsend to say the things that were wrong. And I think the coach heard about it. For me the problem comes from there.»
A “very negative climate” around Corinne Deacon
The exit of the captain of the Bleues comes in a context of persistent tensions between the coach and her group. And particularly the contingent of Lyonnaise who form a good part of the workforce of the Blue.
This summer, it was goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (34 years old, 149 caps) who had chosen to voluntarily withdraw from the France team because of a “Very negative climate” around Corinne Deacon. “Winning a title with this coach seems impossible to me”, she had judged at the end of October. Before Amel Majri, therefore, and Wendy Renard who had already had the captain’s armband removed in 2017.
Atmosphere while the Blue must face Austria in particular (November 27 in Guinguamp), with whom they currently share the head of group G, before receiving Kazakhstan in Vannes on December 1. Amandine Henry knows she is taking a risk with this outing, but assumes it: “In a few years, we have a Euro, a World, Games in France, we can not let that pass. The time to fix the problems is now, not three years from now.»
Romain Métairie with AFP