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France Announce Next Squad, 8 Stars Snubbed

France have announced a high-profile squad for their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but several big-name stars from the likes of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona missed out.

Click through the gallery above to see some France players who were not called up for their national team’s latest squad!

Didier Deschamps has probably one of the most talented crop of players at his disposal, recalling several of his stars for the March internationals.

Ousmane Dembele returned to the squad for a first time since November 2018, while the likes of Ferland Mendy and Kylian Mbappe were also included again.

In addition, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is another name who missed out on recent selections but now returned for a first time since November 2019.

However, there was still no place Karim Benzema, who has not been Deschamps’ squads since allegations of his involvement in Mathieu Valbuena’s sextape scandal became public.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup champions will face Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina later this month.

Read: 15 African Stars Who Will Miss AFCON Qualifiers After Shock Ruling

Here is France’s squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Fulham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Mike Maignan (Lille), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Olympique Lyonnais), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (FC Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain). 

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