In Summary

  • France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday called up highly rated Tiemoue Bakayoko for the first time, a week after the young Monaco midfielder played a major part in dumping Manchester City out of Europe.
  • The 22-year-old Bakayoko, who has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United, replaces United's Paul Pogba for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg and the friendly with Spain after the world's most expensive footballer suffered a hamstring problem.

PARIS

France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday called up highly rated Tiemoue Bakayoko for the first time, a week after the young Monaco midfielder played a major part in dumping Manchester City out of Europe.

The 22-year-old Bakayoko, who has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United, replaces United's Paul Pogba for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg and the friendly with Spain after the world's most expensive footballer suffered a hamstring problem.

"He's powerful, makes an impact, scores decisive goals, makes goals and is a great all-rounder," Deschamps said of Bakayoko, who scored a thumping header against City to embellish his rapidly burgeoning reputation across Europe.

He is the fifth Monaco player in the current France outfit alongside Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar, Djibril Sidibe and the teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, another who is being chased by Europe's elite.

Deschamps also called up Lyon right-back Christophe Jallet in place of the injured Bacary Sagna.

Manchester City's Sagna, 34, had joined the France team at their training camp outside Paris but was diagnosed with a left adductor injury, the French Football Federation (FFF) said.

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