Even though his injury dominated him through the season, Mendy was named by France coach Didier Deschamps in his preliminary squad.
He said, “I am a winner. Me, I’m hungry to play. I understand there are doubts. I do not fear that. People do not see the work I did. I will continue. I know where I’m going.
“I am much more focused than before, already. I am 100% in my concentration. I repeat, I do not want people to say to themselves: that he would have done better before. I did not feel pain during my tackles. I am very, very well recovered.”