NEWS: 09.10.2019

Plea gets France call up following Mbappé withdrawal

Plea gets France call up following Mbappé withdrawal
Alassane Plea gets his second ever call up to the French national team. Photo: imago images / PanoramiC

Borussia’s goalgetter Alassane Plea has been called up to the French national team for the coming European qualifiers.

Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain withdrew from the squad due to a thigh injury. Head coach Didier Deschamps responded and called up the Gladbach striker for the games against Iceland (October 11, 20:45 CEST) and Turkey (October 14, 20:45 CEST). The French Football Association made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

Plea was called up to the defending world champions’ squad for the first time last November and made his debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay – to date, it remains his only international cap. In the current Bundesliga season, Plea has had the second-most goal involvements of any player in the league, scoring four and setting up five. He is joint-second with Jadon Sancho (three goals, six assists) behind Robert Lewandowski (eleven goals, one assist).