A COVID-19 outbreak at Lyon forced four players -- Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Delphine Cascarino -- who played in the 2019 quarterfinal match in Paris to skip the April friendlies. (A fifth player, Griedge Mbock, tested positive for COVID-19 but is injured and would not have been selected.)
France benefits from the most ambitious women's player development system in the world -- the French federation's residential program has been expanded to eight "pôles espoirs," where young women attend classes and train during the week -- and soccer is increasingly embraced by young women from immigrant families with roots in North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean and other European countries and in the surrounding Parisian region that has produced many of the French male stars.
Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who is of Congolese descent, has finally settled into Diacre's lineup at center forward after being controversially left out of the 2019 World Cup team. She has scored 79 goals in the last four seasons for Paris St. Germain and seven goals in her last four games for France.
Elisa de Almeida, a 23-year-old central defender of Portuguese descent, has taken advantage of injuries to claim a starting job on the national team. She started playing soccer when she was 5 but spent her first 10 years playing with mostly boys in the same department that produced Thierry Henry, Patrice Evra and Anthony Martial. She began her pro career at Juvisy (now Paris FC) and moved to Montpellier in 2019.
Sandy Baltimore, whose family hails from Guadeloupe, has played in France's last four matches and scored against England. Like Katoto, the 21-year-old Baltimore hails from the same Paris suburb, Colombes, and signed with PSG when she was 15.
For most French players, Tuesday's match at Le Havre's Stade Océane, site of the USA's last defeat in January 2019, will be the biggest international match of their career. Unlike the USA, France isn't going to Tokyo, so the match will its Olympic moment.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Solène Durand (Guingamp), 20-Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Atletico Madrid, ESP), 16-Constance Picaud (Le Havre)
DEFENDERS (9): 19-Estelle Cascarino (Bordeaux), 22-Élisa de Almeida (Montpellier), 24-Océane Deslandes (Reims), 25-Grace Kazadi (Atletico Madrid, ESP), 23-Perle Morroni (Paris SG), 2-Ève Périsset (Bordeaux), 3-Julie Thibaud (Bordeaux), 4-Marion Torrent (Montpellier), 5-Aïssatou Tounkara (Atletico Madrid, ESP)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 15- Kenzi Dali (West Ham United, ENG), 8-Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), 6-Inès Jauréna (Bordeaux), 7-Oriane Jean-François (Paris FC), 10-Léa Khelifi (Paris SG), 14-Ella Palis (Bordeaux)
FORWARDS (7): 18-Viviane Asseyi (Bayern Munich, GER), 17-Sandy Baltimore (Paris SG), 11-Kadidiatou Diani (Paris SG), 20-Louise Fleury (Guingamp), 13-Valérie Gauvin (Everton, ENG), 12-Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris SG), 9-Eugénie le Sommer (Lyon).