In preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, defending champion France has announced its preliminary 25-man squad. Didier Deschamps has drawn attention with some daring selections. The Les Bleus remain one of the tournament favorites, even if not by a wide margin, despite the injuries to N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, two of France’s key midfield players.
France will try to defend their World Cup title, hoping to join Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil as the third country to win two consecutive World Cups (1958, 1962).
With two World Cup victories, France will make its 16th appearance at the 2022 tournament.
William Saliba and Aurelian Tchouaméni are just two of the up-and-coming young players who have impressed at the club level this season, and Deschamps made the right choice by selecting them for the team. At the World Cup, a lot of familiar faces will be there. Despite not being chosen for the 2018 World Cup, Karim Benzema will indeed have an influence in Qatar.
Here is the 25-man team called up for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They will face Australia in their World Cup opener on November 23.
France Squad, Captain, and Coach
- Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda
- Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane.
- Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout.
- Forwards: Karim Benzama, Kingsely Coman, Ousmane Dembele. Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylin Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku
- Captain: Hugo Lloris
- Coach: Didier Deschamps
France Star Players
1. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema, the pride of Real Madrid and France, has been recorded as one of the best strikers of all time. Additionally, he received his first Ballon d’Or award of his career and he was well deserving of it. This will be his second world cup after his 2014 appearance. He surely has that big-stage gameplay that everyone wants from their big players. Benzema has gained a lot of respect for his play at Real Madrid. He has scored 5 goals and assisted 1 goal. The stats could have been better, but due to his injury, they rested him on some games.
There is no doubt that Karim Benzema will be playing his best in this tournament and seeing his current performance, he is gonna score some bangers.
2. Kylin Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is no stranger to FIFA. This young man helped his team win the 2018 world cup and has been the real hero of the tournament. He was the youngest player to score in FIFA 2018 and second youngest after Pele to score in the final. Even his current performance while playing for PSG is just amazing to watch. Scoring 18 goals and assisting 2 goals shows the temperament of this player. France has very strong forwards and Mbappe fits perfectly.
The world cup will be his second appearance in FIFA, and he will surely give it everything to win it.
France World Cup 2022 Possible Lineup
- Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris
- Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane
- Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni
- Forward: Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Kylin Mbappe
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