Presenting France’s squad for the World Cup 2022Kante and Pogba miss out through injuries while Karim Benzema made the final list despite injury.
France coach Didier Deschamps has announced his Les Blues squad for 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Who in who out?
Karim Benzema included in the confirmed squad despite injury concerns. Also from Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni made the list, despite earlier reports about Camavinga’s omission.
Missed his place last time at the 2021 Euro, Olivier Giroud got called up this time as the AC Milan striker has been on excellent form so far this season.
Barcelona pair Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele are also among those called up as France looks to defend the title they won in Russia four years ago.
Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante missed out through injury, which were noted days ahead of the announcement. Along side with the pair of midfielders is Mike Maignan from AC Milan.
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Although Benzema has missed Real Madrid’s final games before the tournament due to muscular fatigue, the France staff have no concerns over his fitness.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy has also been left off the squad, along with Aston Villa’s Lucas Digne.
France squad for 2022 World Cup
- Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes)
- Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United).
- Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus Turin), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Marseille).
- Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig).