Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann headline France World Cup Qualifying squad


France boss Didier Deschamps has excluded Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele from his latest World Cup qualifying squad.

The 20-year-old has been at the centre of a transfer dispute with his club amidst speculation of a move to Barcelona.

Another up-and-coming sensation creating hysteria in the media is AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, who is being linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, but he features in the 24-man squad.

Hugo Lloris is the most capped player in France’s current squad – with 87 appearances – ranking him joint 10th on the all-time list. One more cap would push him ahead of World Cup and Euro 2000 winner Fabien Barthez.

Hugo Lloris, Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi stand out as the few elder statesmen of a squad mostly consisting of inexperienced players on the international stage.

An international debut looms for PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe, while there could be competitive debuts for Olympique Marseille forward Florian Thauvin and Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso.

However, to emphasize the strength in depth in France’s international pool, there’s no sign of Anthony Martial, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Karim Benzema or Moussa Sissoko.

Word Cup Qualifying Squad vs. Netherlands and Luxembourg

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Christophe Jallet, Presnel Kimpembe, Laurent Koscielny, Layvin Kurzawa, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso

Forwards: Kingsley Coman, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin


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