Big names miss out as Didier Deschamps names France squad for 2022 World Cup in Qatar

The 25-man squad to represent France at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been announced, Newspremises reports.

France national team manager, Didier Deschamps revealed his squad for this year edition of the tournament on Wednesday, 9 of November 2022.

As expected, the team feature some prominent players while a number of familiar faces failed to make the cut.

Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe, William Saliba, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, and Christopher Nkunku are some of the top names in the squad.

Unbelievably, Manchester United defender, Raphael Varane was also included in the team despite initial fears he could miss the tournament through injury.

Big names missing in France squad

The duo who were part of the team that won the trophy in 2018, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are the standout players not named in the France squad for the World Cup.

Despite playing a crucial role in France’s World Cup triumph four years ago in Russia, the two will play no role in the team’s campaign to defend the crown.

Pogba was left out due to a knee injury which has seen him miss the better part of the new season, while Kante is nursing a hamstring injury.

Below are the top names left out of the France squad:

Paul Pogba (Juventus)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Anthony Martial (Man United)

Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid)

Lucas Digne (Aston Villa)

Wesley Fofana (Chelsea)

Tanguy Ndombele (Napoli)

Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa)

Theo Hernandez (AC Milan)

Meanwhile, France are in Group D of the World Cup alongside Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia.

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