Women's World Cup host France
will be at close to full strength for its friendly match against the USA on Jan. 19, but head coach Corinne Diacre
bemoaned the lack of opportunities for
young French players because the heavy presence of foreign players in the French women's league limits the playing time for emerging players.
France hosted the 2018 Under-20 Women's World
Cup and reached the semifinals but only one former U-20 player, Marie-Antoinette Katoto
, is in Diacre's squad for the match against the USA in Le Havre because, she says, the others aren't
playing or are only playing infrequently.
"Even if I understand the issues clubs face," Diacre said, "there are for my taste too many foreign players."
In their most recent
league matches, Lyon, Paris St. Germain and Montpellier, considered the big three of French women's soccer, played an average of eight foreigners.
For the match against the USA, the only
regular who is out is Lyon defender Griedge Mbock Bathy
. France Roster: Goalkeepers:
Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon),
Solène Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal/ENG) Defenders:
Julie Debever (Guingamp), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier), Charlotte Lorgere (Guingamp), Amel Majri (Lyon),
Eve Perisset (Paris SG), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aissatou Tounkara (Atletico Madrid/ESP). Midfielders:
Charlotte Bilbault (Paris FC), Elise Bussaglia
(Barcelona/ESP), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Amandine Henry (Lyon). Forwards:
Viviane Asseyi (Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kenza Dali (Dijon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris SG), Valerie
Gauvin (Montpellier), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris SG), Eugenie Le Sommer (Lyon), Gaëtane Thiney (Paris FC).