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French-Born Stars Representing Other Countries At 2018 WC XI

France are unbelievably blessed with footballing talent, and while many who are born abroad opt to represent them, some of their own players choose not to do so! Here are is a starting XI filled with players who were born in France but decided to run out for other nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Click through the gallery above to see which French-born Stars Representing Other Countries At 2018 FIFA World Cup, according to Squawka

According to Squawka, all the players mentioned above all the stars that are mentioned above are French-born and have been included by their adopted countries squads for the showpiece in Russia.

Portugal international Anthony Lopes has lived all his life in France and came through Lyon’s esteemed youth academy. The goalkeeper, who is his clubs No. 1, has Portuguese heritage through his father and opted against representing his country of birth at a very young age.

The backline consists of three African’s and one Portuguese star, who plays his football in the Bundesliga. Senegal duo of Kalidou Koulibaly and Youssouf Sabaly were both born and raised in France, while Juventus and Morocco captain Medhi Benatia finds himself in the same boat. Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro, who plays left-back for the European champions, makes up the defence.

In central midfield, Squawka have selected their third and final Portuguese star, which is Leicester City’s Adrien Silva, alongside two Moroccans who are Galatasaray’s Younes Belhanda and Wolverhampton Wanders’ star Romain Saiss.

making up the rest of the midfield is left winger Wahbi Khazri, who was one of seven Tunisian players that started against England who were French-born and he is joined by the Schalke’s Amine Harit on the righthand side. 

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Leading the line for this starting XI is Argentina international and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain. The 30-year-old, who was born in the city of Brest, lived in France for 10 months, before his family moved back to Argentina before his first birthday.

What’s you take on the starting XI above? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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