BREAKING: France World Cup squad announced

France squad
France squad

The reigning champions France have officially announced their final squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup and there are some notable absentees. 

Les Bleus have been dealt a number of injury blows with N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba being ruled out of the competition. The pair were integral to the nation's success in the 2018 tournament and 2021 UEFA Nations League. 

While this left Didier Deschamps in a difficult situation, he has called up suitable replacements in Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni and Youssouf Fofana.

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In the defence, Barcelona's Jules Kounde and Arsenal star William Saliba earned call ups to the national team while Hugo Lloris and Mike Maignan are likely to battle for the goalkeeping spot. 

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With France being spoiled for options in attack, Deschamps has selected his trusted trio Kylian Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku and Antoine Griezmann along with other forwards. 

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes)

Defenders: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Jules Koundé (Barcelona), Raphaël Varane (Manchester United), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), William Saliba (Arsenal), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (Milan), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille), Jordan Veretout (Marseille), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)

Attackers: Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

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