France will be eager to defend the crown they won in Russia four years ago when they arrive in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Their star-studded team will be hopeful of making another deep run in the competition, but they must be cautious of a recent pattern in which previous champions have failed to advance past their group. Additionally, they have had bad luck with injuries in the weeks leading up to the competition. France won the World Cup in 2018 and the UEFA Nations League in 2021, although they lost in the Round of 16 at the postponed Euros.
Didier Deschamps’ team will need to perform well in Qatar when it counts the most because they have only won one of their last six games going into the 2022 World Cup. In order to get the French ready for their championship defense in Qatar, Didier Deschamps has unveiled his final roster. France is the reigning World Cup winner in 2022, and head coach Didier Deschamps will be hoping that his team can join Italy (1934, 1938) and Brazil as the only other countries to win consecutive titles (1958, 1962). It will be their 16th time competing in the World Cup, which they have twice won (1998, 2018).
Final 26-man World Cup squad for France
With up to 26 players permitted on the final list, manager Deschamps had until Friday, October 21 to submit an official preliminary list of 35–55 players to FIFA from which he would choose his final team for Qatar by Monday, November 14.
Paul Pogba is noticeably missing from the roster because he was declared out of action due to a new thigh injury sustained while recovering from his former knee ailment. Rafaela Pimenta, Pogba’s agent, acknowledged to the media on October 31 that he wouldn’t be ready for the FIFA competition.
Due to an injury, N’Golo Kante was also forced to withdraw from the competition, although Raphael Varane, a defender, was still allowed to play despite suffering a setback before the competition. Due to injury issues, goalkeeper Mike Maignan, running back Boubacar Kamara, and full-back Ferland Mendy of Real Madrid were all benched. Last but not least, there were late reports that Eduardo Camavinga might not be included, but that turned out to be untrue.
Deschamps initially revealed a 25-man list but said he would add someone at the last minute. Marcus Thuram was a last-minute call-up who was added on November 14. Later that day, the team underwent another change, with Axel Disasi replacing Presnel Kimpembe, who had not fully recovered from his injury.
Christopher Nkunku was initially selected for the team but was later removed owing to an injury sustained on November 15 during practice. Since then, Deschamps has confirmed that Randal Kolo Muani of Eintracht Frankfurt would take his place in Qatar. Karim Benzema was also ruled out on the night of the World Cup beginning after suffering an injury in practice, and Deschamps opted not to call up a replacement.
France National Team
Despite recent setbacks, the 2018 World Cup champions continue to be among the world’s strongest teams. In particular, France will have access to a talented combination of young and experienced players in Qatar.
The undisputed star of this France squad, Kylian Mbappe, scored four goals as a teenager at the most recent World Cup. The PSG attacker is already halfway to breaking the team’s all-time scoring record, which he will undoubtedly complete in the upcoming years.
If France is to prevail in Qatar, his objectives will be essential. Hugo Lloris, France’s goalkeeper, may not be as glamorous, but if he participates in at least four games at the 2022 World Cup, he would surpass Thierry Henry as the country’s most-capped player.
The France team has no shortage of goal scorers. Along with Mbappe, this team has many players capable of stepping up in the final third, including seasoned forwards Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann. Age is also in Les Bleus’ favor coming into Qatar as they will have the ideal mix of youth and experience on the field.
This France side has a lot of scoring potential, but they also have a tendency to give up more goals than they should. In their final five games before the 2022 World Cup, they have only managed one clean sheet, and several of their defenders aren’t exactly lights-out performers at the club level. The Raphael Varane injury for Manchester United will raise red flags in a field area that is already fraught with issues. Due to Pogba and Kante’s injuries, they also have a very weak middle.
World Cup group for France
For the 2022 World Cup, France will be in Group D with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia.
In 2018, France was included in a group that also included Australia and Denmark.
The Danes will likely present Les Bleus with their toughest challenge as they strive to win Group D.
|Tue, Nov. 22||Denmark 0-0 Tunisia||8 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
|Tue, Nov. 22||France 4-1 Australia||2 p.m.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Sat, Nov. 26||Tunisia vs. Australia||5 a.m.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Sat, Nov. 26||France vs. Denmark||11 a.m.||Stadium 974|
|Wed, Nov. 30||Tunisia vs. France||10 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
|Wed, Nov. 30||Australia vs. Denmark||10 a.m.||Al Janoub Stadium|