The French national football team has been hit by a tragedy ahead of Friday’s Nations League clash against Denmark.
France’s national coach, Didier Deschamps, has left the French national team camp after his father died.
This is confirmed by the French Football Federation (FFF) according to Reuters.
– It is with great sadness that I have heard about Didier’s father’s death this morning. Didier has joined his family and I assure him of my friendship and my support in this ordeal, says Noel Le Graet, President of FFF.
On Tuesday, the French world stars were led by assistant coach Guy Stephan on the training ground.
It is still unknown when the 53-year-old French national coach will once again be in charge of the French world champions.
On Friday, Denmark and France will meet in the first showdown in Nations League Group 1, where the other teams are Austria and Croatia.
The match will be played at the Stade de France in the French capital, Paris.
Defending world champions
In 2018, Didier Deschamps led the French national team to the World Cup title. A title they will have to defend when the World Cup in Qatar kicks off this winter.
The title defense starts in November, and the French have something to prove, after they were disappointed at last summer’s European Championship finals.
Denmark and France have come in the same group for this year’s World Cup, and the Nations League matches against France serve as a dress rehearsal for both teams before the winter finals.