France World Cup squad: William Saliba and Ibrahima Konate picked by Didier Deschamps in 25-man squad | Football News

France have named William Saliba, Ibrahima Konaté and Olivier Giroud to their World Cup squad, with Didier Deschamps picking just 25 players for the tournament.

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is also selected in the defending World Cup champions’ squad despite tearing his hamstring in a draw at Chelsea two weeks ago.

Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Alphonse Areola join Saliba, Konaté and Varane as the only Premier League players in the France squad.

Arsenal’s Saliba had a breakthrough 2022 with the Gunners this season and on loan at Marseille last season, while Giroud has been in and out of the France squad this calendar year due to stiff competition at home. forward which includes Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim. Benzema.

Raphael Varane covers his face after injury forced him off the pitch during Manchester United's visit to Chelsea
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Raphael Varane was injured against Chelsea last month but the Man United man is going to the World Cup

But the 36-year-old has been rewarded for a positive start to the season in which he scored nine goals in 18 appearances for AC Milan in Serie A and the Champions League and could become France’s all-time top scorer with the old one. The Arsenal striker is just two goals shy of Thierry Henry’s record 51.

Meanwhile, Konaté’s inclusion in the Blues squad comes as a surprise given he’s only been capped twice by France and has made just four appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.

Liverpool's Ibrahima Konaté goes to the World Cup with France
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Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konaté goes to the World Cup with France

Aston Villa’s Boubacar Kamara has returned from a long-term injury in time for the tournament but has not been named in the squad alongside club-mate Lucas Digne.

The Marseille duo Matteo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout was preferred to Kamara with Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Adrien Rabiot and Youssouf Fofana the other midfielders in the squad.

There is also no place for Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier in the squad despite some recent strong performances for Jesse Marsch’s side. Veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 37, joins Areola as a replacement for captain Lloris.

The complete French World Cup team

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

Defenders: Lucas Hernardez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamencano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)

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

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kinglsey Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

France World Cup group stage matches

All GMT kick off times

France vs Australia – November 22, 7 p.m.

France v Denmark – November 26, 4 p.m.

Tunisia vs France – November 30, 3 p.m.

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