France name star-studded squad for WCQ

FIFA World Cup 2022

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

On Thursday, Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps announced his star-studded selection for this month's World Cup qualifying triple-header against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The European giants have opted to go with four goalkeepers, including captain Hugo Lloris, behind a packed defence that sees Real Madrid star Ferland Mendy return to the fold after missing out during the previous international break.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba takes centre 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 squad who does not play in England. 

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

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France's squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers:

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) & Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Forwards: 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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