Warren Zaire-Emery will no longer be the captain of the Espoirs. This Thursday, Didier Deschamps selected the 17-year-old midfielder for the next two matches of the France team as part of qualifying for Euro 2024. Before making this decision, “DD” obviously spoke about it to his counterpart from the France Espoirs team, Thierry Henry. The Arsenal legend was obviously not surprised to see the PSG player join his teammate Kylian Mbappé at the A.
“How did he take it? Alright ! Sincerely, said Deschamps. He wasn't surprised. We chat with Thierry. He knew it before you, fortunately. He knows very well. The circumstances, at the last gathering, which made me call Lukeba and Gusto. This does not prevent him from having an objective through qualification. He adapts, we exchange, I like to get his feedback, his feelings, on the field and in group life. It's enriching for me, even if I am well aware that he would like to have Warren as captain. Having moved to the next level goes a long way in the progression of the player’s career.”
Thierry Henry also revealed his list this Thursday for the next matches of the Espoirs. The second top scorer in the history of the France team announced that Castello Lukeba would be the new captain of his team, replacing Warren Zaire-Emery.