Official: France announce 26-men World Cup squad as Karim Benzema leads the list

Didier Deschamps has just announced the France squad for the World Cup in Qatar, where the Blues will be looking for their third World Cup, the second in a row after touching the sky in Russia four years ago.



In the list, composed of 25 players, there are hardly any surprises and highlights the presence of Eduardo Camavinga, whose call-up was one of the big doubts in view of his recent performances with the French team. Those who have not made the list are Ferland Mendy and Ben Yedder.



Also in Qatar, as expected, will be the Barcelona players Ousmane Dembélé and Joules Koundé, the Madrid players Karim Benzema, Aurélien Tchouaméni and Antoine Griezmann.

Among the injury absentees already known in the France squad, Paul Pogba and N’golo Kanté (undisputed starters in 2018) stand out while Raphael Varane, who went down with a muscle injury at the end of October, has recovered in time and will be in Qatar.

France, drawn in Group D, will begin its World Cup title defense on November 22 against Australia, then take on Denmark on the 26th and close the group stage against Tunisia on November 30.

Goalkeepers: Lloris, Mandanda and Areola

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo, Kimpembe, Upamecano, Varane, Koundé, Saliba, Pavard, Konaté.

Midfielders: Tchouaméni, Rabiot, Veretout, Camavinga, Fofana, Guendouzi.

Forwards: Mbappé, Benzema, Giroud, Dembélé, Griezmann, Nkunku and Coman.

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