Defending champions France announce their 25-man squad for Qatar. Despite injury concerns, Varane enters the squad list. 2022 Balon D’or winner Benzema will lead the attack for Les Bleus after missing out the 2018 World Cup at Russia.
France squad stacked with talent
Dider Deschamps had to leave out certain players of incredible quality due to the squad size limits. Les Bleus are stacked with quality players in every position which gives the coach a selection headache. Saliba earns a spot to Qatar while Wesley Fofana misses out due to injury. Kante and Pogba are also out due to injury. Camavinga and Tchouameni will form the new look midfield in the absence of Pogba and Kante.
The attack will be led by Karim Benzema, who is back in the scheme of things since Euro 2020. Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembele and Coman will add more fire power to the attack. While Giroud retains his place in the squad, Christopher Nkunku earns a place for his first ever World Cup.
Lloris to lead the champions
Hugo Lloris will lead the team to their title defence at Qatar. Areola and Mandanda will be Lloris’ understudy. Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Kimpembe and Pavard retain their spots from last World Cup. Kounde, Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Konate and Saliba earn their maiden World Cup call.
Rabiot, Youssouf Fofana, Guendouzi and Veretout have made it to Deschamps squad. France along with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia forms the group D. The Les Bleus will begin their title defence with a fixture against Australia on 23rd November.
France 25-man squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup
Goalkeepers : Lloris (Tottenham/England), Areola (West Ham/England), Mandanda (Rennes/France).
Defenders : Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich/Germany), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan/Italy), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG/France), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool/England), Jules Kounde (Barcelona/Spain), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich/Germany), William Saliba (Arsenal/England), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich/Germany), Raphael Varane (Manchester United/England).
Midfielders : Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid/Spain), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco/France), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille/France), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus/Italy), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid/Spain), Jordan Veretout (Marseille/France)
Forwards : Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/Spain), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/Germany), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/Spain), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan/Italy), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Kylian Mbappe (PSG/France), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig/Germany).