France have named William Saliba, Ibrahima Konate and Olivier Giroud in their World Cup roster, with Didier Deschamps picking just 25 players for the tournament.
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has also been selected for the roster of the reigning World Cup champions, despite tearing his hamstring in a draw at Chelsea two weeks ago.
Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Alphonse Areola join Saliba, Konate and Varane as the only Premier League players in the French team.
Arsenal’s Saliba had a breakthrough year 2022 with the Gunners this season and was loaned out to Marseille last season, while Giroud has been in and out of France’s roster this calendar year due to stiff competition up front including Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim . benzema.
But the 36-year-old has been rewarded for a positive start to the season, as he scored nine goals in 18 appearances for AC Milan in Serie A and the Champions League and could go on to become France’s former all-time top goalscorer. Arsenal striker just two goals behind Thierry Henry’s record of 51.
Meanwhile, Konate’s inclusion in the Les Blues squad comes as a surprise, as he has only been capped by France twice and has made just four appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.
Aston Villa’s Boubacar Kamara returned from a long-term injury in time for the tournament, but he has not been named in the squad alongside club-mate Lucas Digne.
Marseille duo Matteo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout were favored over 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 on the team, despite some recent good showings for Jesse Marsch’s side. Veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 37, joins Areola as captain Lloris’ backup.
goalkeepers: 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), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Marseille)
Ahead: 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)
All start times GMT
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