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France Announce Squad For WC Qualifiers, Snub Eight Stars

France Announce Squad For 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Snub Eight Stars

By David Kappel - Aug 24, 2017 02:51 PM @kappilinho

France boss Didier Deschamps has announced his 24-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, snubbing eight stars, including a Real Madrid striker and a Manchester United winger.

Click through the gallery above to see eight stars who did not make France's latest squad.

The 2016 UEFA European Championship finalists will face the Netherlands and Luxembourg on 31 August and 3 September, respectively, during the upcoming international break.

France currently sit in second place in their qualifying group for the showpiece in Russia, having collected 13 points along with Sweden, who have a better goal difference.

Deschamps again opted to leave out Real striker Karim Benzema following his involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape scandal in 2015. Ousmane Dembele has also been left out after going on strike at his club Borussia Dortmund amid rumours he could still complete a move to FC Barcelona, while Anthony Martial has also not been called up despite his good start to the season with Manchester United.

Here is France's complete squad, as announced by the French FA's official Twitter account:

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Spurs), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Layvin Kurzawa (PSG)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

Read: 7 Players Real Could Buy Before The Window Closes

Do you think Deschamps is making a mistake in leaving out Benzema and Dembele? Have your say in the comments section below.


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BenZambrotta Joined: 14 Feb 2014
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BenZambrotta Aug 27, 2017 09:12 PM
my FAV on France squad is Blaise Matuidi. I like the guy's play
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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC Aug 26, 2017 11:27 PM
Martial is on form why they left him???
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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC Aug 26, 2017 11:25 PM
Not at all, they made a mistake to snub Payet
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mingus Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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mingus Aug 26, 2017 06:27 PM
Benzema must retire from international games as France doesnt care about him.
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sipho sithole Joined: 13 Mar 2016
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sipho sithole Aug 26, 2017 10:19 AM
Quality Yodwa la
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real-madrid Aug 25, 2017 01:19 PM
@tshepo2020 He did sign with juventus past 2 weeks
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mjaji92 Joined: 01 Feb 2017
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mjaji92 Aug 25, 2017 01:16 PM
France have good quality players , amongst the best in the world but will never win anything because of their stupid coach who prefers politics over talent and wining something. Dembele situation has nothing to do with him , Benzema is way way quality player than cow Giroud , Martial is one of the best kids right now in soccer and has started his season very well. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT
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Leo 10 Joined: 27 Jun 2017
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Leo 10 Aug 25, 2017 03:45 AM
Where is martial ?
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OnkerhMataShusha@gmail.com Aug 25, 2017 12:27 AM
@Awomvane@kcfc Truth and those players out there shining they also have strength
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MR E Aug 24, 2017 11:47 PM
France have a good squad indeed.
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Ng'ambi88 Aug 24, 2017 10:58 PM
This guy does like Benzema.
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arnoldmongwe00700@gmail.com Aug 24, 2017 10:34 PM
Yoo France has talent
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Bujest Aug 24, 2017 09:59 PM
Good squad coach
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molobedu11 Joined: 18 Dec 2013
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molobedu11 Aug 24, 2017 09:20 PM
Benzema will not be called by this coach unless he is forced to.....
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shatriano Aug 24, 2017 07:08 PM
whr is payet
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kekanejan Joined: 20 Aug 2015
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kekanejan Aug 24, 2017 07:04 PM
Where's is Dortmund winger Dembele ?
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BaQue4Khosination Aug 24, 2017 06:14 PM
Yhey bamnyama abafo base African-France
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Binda_Bucks1 Aug 24, 2017 06:12 PM
Hmm but still ths boys deserve to be called up and nabo bangabizwanga they also deserve to be on the 23 squad
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Schaba Aug 24, 2017 05:54 PM
If u don't know about him just watch the pls only!!!
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musa005 Aug 24, 2017 05:47 PM
@tshepo2020 he signed with Juve some days ago

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