Deschamps: Arsenal William Saliba Still Unfit For Starting XI With France

William Saliba

Saliba has started in six of his 12 appearances for France, he was at the bench during their recent 2-0 home loss to Germany in a friendly match.

Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konaté, and Benjamin Pavard have been given the nod ahead of Saliba in recent games, with the defenders also contending for a spot on France’s Euro 2024 squad.



“Saliba is playing a good season [with Arsenal].”

“But I see him alternating things which I like a bit less. With the French national team, he gets less playing time.

“When he has got some, it hasn’t always gone well. I’m aware that I put him in a context that wasn’t always easy.

The current pecking order doesn’t favour him, but he’s there. He’ll get some game time on Tuesday.”

Saliba is hopeful of earning a spot in the starting lineup when France faces Chile.