France announce World Cup 2022 squad: Varane called up and Deschamps will revert to 4-2-3-1

France coach Didier Deschamps has insisted Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe and Karim Benzema will be fit to start the World Cup following recent injuries as Les Bleus begin their title defense with a provisional 25-man squad.

The national coach, who announced his choices on TF1’s 8 o’clock news on Wednesday night before holding a press conference to explain his decisions, is set to change his tactics in Qatar and will go back to Four, he abandoned the latest attempt. with a guard of three people.

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He would naturally have opted to pick a 23-man party, but he will be taking a bigger squad to Qatar with injury problems surrounding many of his players. Deschamps has previously insisted that all players going to a major tournament should play for their clubs in preparation for the tournament, however, in Varane’s case, he has made an exception.

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That shows the position of the center-half within the country.

The 29-year-old has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury against Manchester United at Chelsea on October 22. his international colleagues next week.

Benzema has played just 27 minutes for Real Madrid since mid-October following an ankle problem. There are concerns over the fitness of Kimpembe, who has started just one game for Paris Saint-Germain since September 10 and continues to be troubled by an Achilles injury. Kimpembe is expected to train at PSG on Thursday and is eyeing game time in Sunday’s Ligue 1 match against Auxerre.

Benzema after being named Ballon d’Or winner last month (Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool centre-back Iraima Konate is back in the fold despite only recently returning to the first team after a knee problem.

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan has failed to recover from a calf problem – Rennes’ Steve Mandanda, 37, and West Ham United’s Alphonse Areoloa will act as back-up to Hugo Lloris – while the decision not to select Jonathan Clauss of Marseilles. and Aston Villa’s Lucas Digne points to Deschamps’ decision to switch from his recent 3-4-1-2 formation to a 4-2-3-1 having been successful in 2018.

“It will see them at the back,” said Deschamps. “We did a lot of analysis (of recent games), and I had a lot of discussions with my staff and my players. The comments I made influenced my decision. We did some things very good in this system (with three at the back), but sometimes we had problems. We were often unbalanced even if we could change some bad situations. Yes and to beat the competition, you must have a solid defense.

“We will have to defend well, defend better, not because of our attacking intent, but if I choose this formation I feel that we can do both. The system creates options that different players. There are nine defenders in the team – one more than usual.”

Asked about Konate’s inclusion, he added: “You don’t start at his age in a Liverpool team that has just been European champions by mistake.”

Deschamps, who appeared distraught at his press conference, admitted that picking the squad was “not easy” with injuries ruling out Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, who it’s their midfield partnership that was instrumental in securing the trophy for Russia four years ago. .

Much emphasis will be placed on Real Madrid forward Aurelien Tchouameni, who has established himself as a regular in the absence of the experienced duo. His youth team mate, Eduardo Camavinga, has won just one game in the last two years.

“What is important against Eduardo is the lack of playing time, but he is at Real Madrid,” said Deschamps. “He only has the international in front of him. And something always happens when he’s on the pitch. He doesn’t do everything right, he chooses some situations over others, but it’s an opportunity to be versatile. In addition, she has a great attitude, has an infectious smile and is a good listener.”

Real Madrid

Camavinga and Ancelotti at Real Madrid (Photo: Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

There is a call-up for Marseille’s Jordan Veretout, who has not played for the national team in 2022, and his team-mate Matteo Guendouzi, as well as Monaco’s most promising player Youssouf Fofana. He formed a good partnership with Tchouameni at the Principality last season before a summer move to Madrid.

“I have faith in these players,” said Deschamps. “You know what the two missing players (Pogba and Kante) represent in terms of experience and leadership. Fortunately, in different meetings, these new players have had game time. It will not give them the experience of Paul and NG, but I still trust them.”

The French challenge will be led by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Benzema. Former Milan striker Olivier Giroud, who is two goals short of Thierry Henry’s national record of 51, has been selected for his third World Cup.

The players will report to the national training center in Clairefontaine, on the outskirts of Paris, at noon next Monday to start their preparation. The French delegation is due to fly to Doha on Wednesday morning, six days before their first group game, where they will stay at the Al-Messila facility on the outskirts of the capital. They will train for the first time at the Al-Sadd stadium, a 15-minute drive from the team hotel, on Thursday.

National teams must submit their final rosters to FIFA by Monday evening (November 14), but there is still room to make changes up to 24 hours before the team’s first match if the players can fall into accidents. That means France have until November 21, 24 hours before their opener against Australia, to make further changes.

Knife Guards: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes).

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (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).

First: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig).

(Photo: Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)


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