Arsenal defender William Saliba has seen his chances of making the French squad for the upcoming World Cup dwindle significantly following events that have occurred over the last few hours.
Saliba was handed his seventh cap for France in last night’s 2-0 defeat to Denmark which saw Les Blues finish third in their Nations League group.
However, off the back of a dismal first-half display, Saliba and Camavinga – France’s two youngest players on the night – were both subbed off at the interval.
Speaking after the match in Copenhagen, Didier Deschamps’ comments do not make for good reading with respect to the aforementioned duo’s World Cup aspirations.
“It’s a young French side, where the majority of the players don’t have experience at the very highest level,” Deschamps was quoted saying by The Metro.
‘It’s not a question of formations, but when you have four corners and a Danish player is left alone each time, you can play with three, five or twelve at the back, it doesn’t change a thing.
“There’s no need to worry, the fact that the players with international experience are coming back will do us good.
“Cama was not in the best mood, it can happen…He has not been with us for a long time and he’s starting the match already.
“He was not the only one either. It will serve him well for the future just as it will serve others.”
“Obviously we have young, quality players who are learning but the important thing is to recover all our vital, experienced players for two months’ time.”
It remains to be seen whether Saliba would eventually be a part of the French team who will set out to retain football’s biggest prize in November but at the moment, the 21-year-old’s chances of being on the plane to Qatar now look to have been dampened despite a fine start to his first Premier League campaign since moving to the Emirates Stadium in 2019.