National coach Deschamps takes a chance on QPR’s injury-ravaged front man.
Striker Loic Remy has been recalled to Les Bleus’ squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifying double header against Georgia and Spain.
The Queen Park Rangers’ marksman and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 19, who has been a revelation in Jose Mourinho’s back-four this season, both return, while there is a first call-up for 20-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
“He’s not a young or new player,” Didier Deschamps said of Remy who has struggled with a series of injuries at the relegation threatened London club.
“He is better physically and getting playing time. He has also had success scoring goals in recent matches and we know that he has a profile and qualities that are different from the other attacking players,” he added of the 26-year-old.
“I know him well because I coached him for several seasons at Marseille and it’s good for him to be back with us and to grow in confidence.
There are ten English-based players, including four from Newcastle in the squad that go into the crucial qualifiers set to go a long way to determining top place and the automatic spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Tottenham ‘keeper Hugo Lloris is likely to captain the squad in an attack heavy formation that includes Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribery as well as the in-form PSG forward Jeremy Menez and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis.