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France Squad for Qatar World Cup 2022: Mbappe and Benzema lead the team

Chuck Blake

Updated: Nov 10, 2022 05:42

Deschamps opts for Camavinga, Maignan misses out


Eduardo Camavinga and Ibrahima Konate were surprise inclusions in the France squad for Qatar 2022

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Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema decorate Didier Deschamps' list

Mike Maignan's fight against time to make the France team for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has failed, but Eduardo Camavinga has made the team. Didier Deschamps chose to play Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe despite the fact that both players had been on the sidelines since the Milan goalkeeper's injury in late September.

Although Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, two crucial players in Les Bleus' victory in Russia in 2018, were already out of the 22nd World Cup, the team is still loaded with talent. In fact, Karim Benzema, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Aurelien Tchouameni will all travel to the Arabian Peninsula.

Deschamps could have chosen 26 players, but surprisingly kept his squad at 25. He will be out to become the first coach since Vittorio Pozzo in 1938 to win back-to-back World Cups.

“I have confidence in these 25 players,” he said. “We know three adversaries: Australia, Denmark, Tunisia. We want to go further and reach the knockout phase.

“Triumphing at a very high level is very difficult. Defending [the title] is even more difficult.” will introduce you the official lineup of France national football team...

France's Qatar 2022 squad


Alphonse Areola (Fulham)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Steve Mandanda (Rennes)


Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich)

Theo Hernandez (Milan)

Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool)

Jules Kounde (Barcelona)

Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich)

William Saliba (Arsenal)

Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)

Raphael Varane (Manchester United)


Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)

Youssouf Fofana (Monaco)

Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille)

Adrien Rabiot (Juventus)

Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid)

Jordan Veretout (Marseille)


Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig)

Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Olivier Giroud (Milan)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)


All squads are provisional until the final list of 26 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 15 November.


France's Group D games


22 November, 22:00 local time


26 November, 19:00 local time


30 November, 18:00 local time

Key player: Karim Benzema

The Real Madrid forward had a season to remember in 2021–2022, and as a result, he was crowned UEFA Men's Player of the Year. He will serve as France's primary player in Qatar together with Mbappe. The former Lyon striker has scored 10 goals in 16 international appearances after resuming his international career at UEFA EURO 2020, five and a half years after taking a break. He has shown to be a match-winning player.

As he approaches his 35th birthday, KB9 has never been in better form. “He’s a world-class player,” said Kounde. “He’s got the lot, there’s not much he can’t do and he’s the linchpin of our whole game. He’s a very positive person to have around and he’s a natural leader too.”

“Karim is the best No9 in the world right now,” said Pavard. “He performs every time he plays for France and he lifts us up.”

“This World Cup is a very important tournament for him,” commented Deschamps. “The years go by and though anything can happen, this will probably be his last World Cup.”

At his previous world championships in Brazil 2014, Benzema got things going by scoring twice in France's opening game to defeat Honduras 3-0. He scored three goals in five games to finish the tournament. Can he have an impact in Qatar 2022 eight years later?.

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