Left out of the last France squad by Didier Deschamps due to some muscular problems, Bacary Sagna is once again back where he feels he belongs: with his national team.
With 64 caps to his name, the 33-year-old is one of the veterans of the group, and with experience comes responsibility, such as teaching the tricks of the trade to the younger generation.
One of these happens to be Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibé, bought from Lille over the summer, who earned a second call-up after playing in France’s last two games against Italy and Belarus.
The 24-year-old, excited to be once again given the opportunity to represent his country, gave an interview to La Voix du Nord, and was happy to see the Manchester City defender return to the squad.
He said: “He’s given, and still gives a lot for this France side. He has a lot of experience, I’m young. I hope to be a starter in this team, but yeah, he plays for Manchester City, he’s important. He has a lot to teach me.”
With two important games ahead, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the pair share duties, perhaps one coming on for the other to keep them both fresh.
Sidibé’s versatility (he’s also a capable left-back, and has demonstrated an ability to play in midfield) is a big plus for Deschamps, who has a World Cup to qualify for.
France’s first qualifier ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw against a stubborn Belarus.