September 26, 2022

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Deschamps leaves training camp following death of father

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Didier Deschamps has left France’s training camp following the death of his father, French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has announced.

Training sessions on Tuesday were run by assistant boss Guy Stephan, while a tweet was posted of the team gathering for a moment’s silence.

Les Bleus are preparing for four Nations League fixtures this month, the first of which is against Denmark on Friday before a Croatia double-header sandwiches a clash with Austria.

Le Graet said: “It is with great sadness that I have heard of the passing of Didier’s father. Didier went to join his relatives and I assure him of my friendship and my support in this ordeal.”

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has also left his team’s base after his father also died.

Dalic had led training on Tuesday before being informed of the news.

“We received this news with great sadness about Zlatko’s father’s death,” Croatian Football Federation president Marijan Kustic said.

“We express our deepest condolences to Zlatko and his family and tell him that the entire Croatian football family is standing by him in this difficult time.”

Croatia face Austria on Friday, with their France fixtures coming either side of a trip to Denmark.

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