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France Announce World Cup Squad

France Announce World Cup Squad

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 17, 2018 08:28 PM @KurtLaduma

France manager Didier Deschamps has announced his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup next month, and there were some surprise exclusions.

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Les Bleus were drawn alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C, and are the heavy favourites to advance to the knockout stages.

Deschamps has now selected his squad ahead of the tournament, which does not include Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who was recently ruled out of the World Cup due to a horrible injury he picked up two weeks ago, as well as club-mate Alexandre Lacazette.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba was selected for the team, while Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy was also included, despite being injured for most of the season.

Here is France’s preliminary 2018 World Cup squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG)
 
Defenders: Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
 
Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)
 
Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
 
 
France will play friendlies against Ireland, Italy and the USA ahead of the World Cup.

Do you think France can win the tournament in Russia this year? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Theemba M Joined: 05 Jan 2018
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Theemba M May 18, 2018 04:57 PM
Quality line up,France is the team to beat in these world cup
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305majola May 18, 2018 12:18 PM
Benzima is a striker that make the team tick. People mostly judge him by the amount of goals he score, but he is a lot more creative and he is good with the ball on his feet.
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Munangwangwa May 18, 2018 11:00 AM
I wonder if benzema is still proud of his decision to represent France over Algeria
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NoBlogger May 18, 2018 10:02 AM
A team that can afford to leave the likes of Benzema must be spoiled for choice. In Mzansi, he would play until he is 48.
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Mentashe May 18, 2018 09:43 AM
NO, BUT WILL GO TO THE QUARTER FINALS POSSIBLE IN THE SEMIS. GOOD SQUAD.
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dark.city May 18, 2018 09:13 AM
Aowa, Martial is not going to play in the world cup? Mourinho really destroyed this boy.
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atlijozi May 18, 2018 08:54 AM
Ousman Dembele is a future star, I edge everyone 2 watch out for him, he might be the star of the 2018 World Cup..
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LAPO_MOLEBATSI May 18, 2018 07:43 AM
Wow.. I feel sorry for Payet.
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ZQayi May 18, 2018 07:41 AM
they will miss Lacazette & Martial. Payet & Coman injuries costing them W/Cup
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Ant_55 May 18, 2018 07:35 AM
Strong squad.... I like the fact that Lacazette was omitted.... Highly overrated player.....
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leendomint May 18, 2018 07:19 AM
One of the Strongest side in the World Cup... surely contenders!!
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MR E May 18, 2018 06:46 AM
France have quality they might suprice everyone the!
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Thagalekgwara May 18, 2018 06:34 AM
Lacazete is better dan Girioud..& wer is Comann..
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baba ka Luvo May 18, 2018 05:34 AM
the omision of Paet is it because of injury he sustain on Europa final?
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Special*00 May 18, 2018 05:13 AM
This is the most talented squad on paper from keeper to striker...even better than Brazil only need every1 @ his peak thn they will go far in this tournament...Payet is the only player they will miss.
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makhanda-mendu me May 17, 2018 10:49 PM
@Matt93 hehehe.. Benzema vs Geroud. First of all what did karim do to deserve call-up..? Bcz Olivia played well at arsenal when given a chance..! And very well at chelsea. Those are some of things to be looked. U don't just select Benny bcz he has been at epl. Bt based on his contribution..
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fanist May 17, 2018 10:46 PM
Thats number six of African team it's only just that it's based in Europe, because 70% of those players have roots in Africa.
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fanist May 17, 2018 10:43 PM
To all those who surprised by Payet being unavailable, he got an injury last night on the final of Europa league against Atletico Madrid. For Bakayoko I'm a Chelsea fan bt his very useless.
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Myaka weliPhefeni May 17, 2018 10:14 PM
World cup contender.no payet and Bakayoko
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Love-downs May 17, 2018 10:03 PM
Kylian mbappe

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