Amandine Henry excluded from France’s Euro 2022 squad despite Champions League exploits
Lyonnaise Amandine Henry has been left out of the France squad for the 2022 European Championship just a week after being crowned player of the match in the Champions League final.
France head coach Corinne Deacon announced on Monday her team with Lyonnaise Eugénie Le Sommer – France’s all-time top scorer – the other notable absence.
Henry captained the team at the 2019 World Cup but fell out of favor with Deacon due to a number of public disagreements following the tournament.
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“I’ve seen players crying in their rooms,” she said. “Personally, sometimes I cried in my room. I wanted to enjoy the World Cup, but in the end it was total chaos.”
As well as the World Cup, Henry has also spoken publicly about her disappointment at how she was told she wouldn’t be involved in the Euro 2022 qualifying squad.
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“The call lasted 14 or 15 seconds. I’ll remember it all my life. I was shocked. She said, ‘Amandine, you know my list is coming out tomorrow. The performances.’ I was silent for two seconds. And then I said, “Okay. Good game. Goodbye,” Henry said.
Deacon said after the decision to let her out was based on sporting reasons, but Henry hit back at the claim, saying it was because she raised issues the players were having with the coach.
Henry scored the opening goal of the 2022 Champions League final with a superb strike that was named UEFA’s Goal of the Season.
The 2022 tournament begins on July 6 and ends on July 31.
Guardians: Mylène Chavas (Bordeaux), Justine Lerond (Metz), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus Turin).
Defenders: Selma Bacha (Lyon), Hawa Cissoko (West Ham), Sakina Karchaoui (Paris Saint-Germain), Griedge Mbock (Lyon), Eve Perisset (Bordeaux), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aissatou Tounkara (Atlético of Madrid).
Midfielders: Charlotte Bilbault (Bordeaux), Kenza Dali (Everton), Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain), Ella Palis (Bordeaux), Sandie Toletti (Levante).
Forwards: Sandy Baltimore (Paris Saint-Germain), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain), Melvine Malard (Lyon), Clara Matéo (Paris FC), Ouleymata Sarr (FC Paris).