France announce 26-man squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

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France announce 26-man squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers


Defending world champions France have named a 26-man squad for this month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

On Thursday, Blues boss Didier Deschamps announced his star selection for the triple-header in this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The European giants have chosen to go with four goalkeepers, including captain Hugo Lloris, behind a busy defense which sees Real Madrid star Ferland Mendy return to the fold after missing the last international break.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba takes center stage in the middle of the park alongside fellow Premier League stars N’Golo Kante Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko, with Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot the only midfielder in the team not to play in England.

Up front, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann have been called up alongside veteran Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who is just seven goals behind Thierry Henry’s scoring record for France.

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The French team for the next qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup:

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) et Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attackers: 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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