Dayot Upamecano and Aurelien Tchouameni not involved in France training

Aurelien TCHOUAMENI of France and Dayot UPAMECANO of France during the FIFA World Cup 2022, Round of 16 match between France and Poland at Al Thumama Stadium on December 4, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

Dayot Upamecano and Aurelien Tchouameni missed France training on Monday.

The pair spent time in the gym rather than training with the rest of their France team-mates as they prepare for Wednesday night’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The 24-year-old Upamecano did not play in the group stage game against Tunisia but has featured in all four of France’s other games at the tournament. Tchouameni, 22, has featured in all five of France’s matches at the competition.

Both played, with Tchouameni scoring, as France beat England on Saturday.

Elsewhere, France defender Jules Kounde admitted there was room for improvement in the France defence, as they have let in at least one goal per game at the World Cup.

He said: “We know that there is room for improvement. There were avoidable mistakes. We defended better against England. We moved better as a unit. That can help us to see further ahead.

“It’s a new defence, we don’t have many games in common. We’re progressing through the games we play together.”

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