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France coach Didier Deschamps has called up Theo Hernandez, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout and Moussa Diaby for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Finland.

Les Bleus underwhelmed at UEFA Euro this summer and Olivier Giroud and Adrien Rabiot have both been left out of this squad with Deschamps also reluctant to be drawn on speculation linking Kylian Mbappe with a move to Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain.

"I cannot answer on contract issues," said Deschamps. "The timing of matches and the transfer deadline is not ideal. It impacts other players too and their futures. I can discuss it and give opinions, but it is ultimately their career and their decision."

On the topic of Giroud being left out, Deschamps refused to rule out a return for the AC Milan man but insisted that he needs to rediscover his form with Anthony Martial preferred this time now that the Manchester United man is fit again.

"Olivier is always available," he said. "I have never held a concrete position on this. It is a sporting choice for now based on competition for places and Anthony's return to fitness. It is up to Olivier to keep performing well."

AS Roma's Veretout is one of two new midfielders along with Tchouameni and Deschamps admitted that he has been encouraged by the former's development in Serie A with recognition some time overdue.

"Jordan had an excellent season and is in good form," said Deschamps. "He is a complete midfielder who can score and is consistent. He was part of the 2013 youth World Cup success but has been forgotten a little."

Hernandez's AC Milan form has been rewarded after "defensive improvement" while Diaby has impressed with Bayer Leverkusen and has impressed Deschamps through his versatility "technique, fitness and goal threat."

France host Bosnia in Strasbourg and Finland in Lyon while their trip to Ukraine will take them to the capital Kiev.