France Announce Squad For 2022 World Cup

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France coach Didier Deschamps has named a 25-man squad list for the FIFA World Cup which starts in Qatar later this month.

Deschamps is expected to add another player to the squad list for its final submission to FIFA on Monday, November 14.

Notable absentees from the France squad is Juventus star Paul Pogba, Mike Maignan of AC Milan and Real Madrid full-back Ferland Mendy.

Real Madrid youngsters Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni made the list with Manchester United defender Raphael Varane who’s currently nursing an injury.

France are hoping to defend the World Cup title with deadly upfront comprising of Kaylian Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku, Karim Benzema and Ousmane Dembele.

France 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes).

Defenders: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Jules Koundé (Barcelona), Raphaël Varane (Manchester United), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), William Saliba (Arsenal), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (Milan), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille), Jordan Veretout (Marseille), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)

Attackers: Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig).

— Ferdinand A Baah