French defender Djibril Sidibe controls the ball during the friendly football match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on May 28, 2018. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
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Mendy only returned to action for Manchester City in mid-April after a seven-month knee injury layoff, while Monaco's Sidibe came back to training earlier this month after injuring his meniscus also in mid-April.Taking them both to Russia was a gamble for France coach Didier Deschamps but their displays against Ireland showed the risk was worth taking.Mendy tortured the Irish midfielders and defenders with regular bursts down the left flank, while Sidibe was also active on the right flank.
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