Register Login Scores

World Cup 2018

14 Stars In France's World Cup Squad With African Heritage

Africa has only five nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but considering that 14 of the 23 players in France's squad for Russia have African roots, many fans on the continent will be supporting Les Blues. Here are the 14 World Cup stars Africa lost to France.

Click through the gallery above to see all 14 France stars with African heritage.

Having been drawn in Group C alongside Denmark, Australia and Peru, Didier Deschamps' side has a long history of African talent, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane (Algeria) and Patrick Vieira (Senegal) having their family roots in Africa.

Overall, there are 14 players with African heritage in France's World Cup squad, with Paul Pogba being the standout name. Manchester United's record signing was born in France to Guinean parents. While Paul – the youngest of three brothers – represents the country of his birth, both his older brothers are Guinea internationals at senior level.

Similar to Pogba, Kylian Mbappe's parents are both from Africa. His father hails from Cameroon, while his mother is Algerian. Kylian himself was born in Paris, but would have been eligible to represent the birth country of either of his parents.

France centre-back Samuel Umtiti was born outside of France, in Yaounde, Cameroon, to be precise. He spent the first two years of his life in his birth country but then moved to France. Cameroon made serious attempts to convince Umtiti, who played for France at U17 and U21 level, to represent his birth country at senior level, but he opted to play for France. Not even Cameroon legend Roger Milla could convince him otherwise.

Gallery: 2018 World Cup Stadiums

Overall, there are 14 players with African roots in France's squad for Russia 2018. They draw heritage from nine different African countries, namely Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, Mali, Angola, Togo, Morocco and Algeria.

Click through the gallery above to see all of France's World Cup stars with African heritage, and let us know if that could be a reason why you will support Les Bleus in the World Cup!

nextarticle

Pep Explains Why He Quit Barca

5 comments

Top 5

Nurkovic & Castro Run Riot Without Billiat In Eight-Goal Thriller

335 Dec 07, 2019 10:14 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

17 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Downs Maintain Top Spot After Draw With CAF Rivals

138 Dec 07, 2019 10:54 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Best Players In Europe Revealed: CR7 Not in Top 20

32 Dec 09, 2019 01:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pirates Throw Away Two-Goal Lead At Struggling Baroka

204 Dec 07, 2019 05:25 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Best Players In Europe Revealed: CR7 Not in Top 20

32 Dec 09, 2019 01:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Check Out Mane's Flashy Car Collection

3 Dec 07, 2019 08:00 AM in Fan Park

Breaking: Pirates Announce New Coach

198 Dec 10, 2019 12:24 PM in Orlando Pirates

Mourinho Linked With Shock Signing

5 Dec 09, 2019 06:32 PM in English Premier League

Nurkovic & Castro Run Riot Without Billiat In Eight-Goal Thriller

335 Dec 07, 2019 10:14 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Larsen Appointed New Coach Of PSL Club

14 Dec 06, 2019 10:33 AM in Siyagobhoza

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

27 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

21 Sep 15, 2019 07:15 PM in Cadbury

PSL Club Distances Itself From Lebese Talk

19 Dec 06, 2019 12:14 PM in PSL