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Pogba, Giroud, Griezmann In France’s World Cup Squad; Martial, Lacazette On Standby

Pogba, Giroud, Griezmann In France’s World Cup Squad; Martial, Lacazette On Standby

France manager Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup with some big names placed on standby.

The squad was announced on Thursday evening via the France Twitter handle.


The regular names like Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud are, as expected, in the squad.
Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy, who recently recovered from a long-term injury, and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are also in the squad.

However, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, Arsenal striker Alexadre Lacazette and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot are all placed on standby along with eight other players.

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is left out completely as well as the injured Arsenal defender Lauren Koscielny.

On standby:

W. Ben Yedder
K. Coman
B. Costil
M. Debuchy
L. Digne
A. Lacazette
A. Martial
A. Rabiot
M. Sakho
M. Sissoko
K. Zouma

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  • Those ones on standby have more quality than the super eagles, France get players abeg

  • fashleo 3 years ago

    Make those standy guys swear there allegiance to Nigeria now abi dem no wan go world cup ni?

  • O boi see players

  • Nigerians need to wake up from this codeine induced hallucination of winning the world cup in Russia 2018.
    Martial will bench Mikel Obi, Laccazette will bench Victor Moses or IGHALO, how then are we dreaming out loud?
    god of soccer has no nationality.

    • @CJ.
      No basis for these unwarranted comparison.It is not names that win tournament, team work does.
      No one is saying Nigeria will win the world cup, neither are we listed as favourites, no need for unnessary pressure.

  • to me Mikel will bench pogba if they happen to be in the same team. because no one among all these France players have Mikel record in term of achievement

  • Ighalo is far better than oliver, moses is a better complete player to some of the fringe players in France 23 men. Mikel records is above all their players together. don’t forget champions league, European league, 2domestics league, 4 FA cups, 3league cup as a first team player is nothing to write home about, and afcon trophy… all the France players did not have these check your record or Google it

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    @CJ, since the inception of the WC, how many countries have won it in summary – Uruguay, Brazil, England, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Spain, France. As of this modern age there are only 2 countries one can boast of that is likely to win it. Brazil and Germany. The next category of countries to maybe win it if the above countries did not reach the final are France, Spain, Argentina. Italy is weak today. So these countries will be rotating it among themselves. There will be 1/32 & 32/32. This WC may see Belgium raising their head and entering into this exclusive club of WC winners.

  • Diuto Nwachukwu 3 years ago

    WHAT A SQUAD! Anything can happen in football…. whether the ones on standby are of more quality than the ones Nigeria have already listed for the tournament it doesn’t matter… Let’s try to appreciate what we have!!!!!

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    No sentiment, players are picked based on forms, commitments and  soccer techniques. Unlike Nigeria

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

      Unlike Nigeria? Can you explain why Lacazette is not in the team? Is Giroud better than him? Why is Benzema not in the team? I spoke with Some French fans who are my friends and I can tell you categorically that they also want Ribbery to be in the team. Who in that France attack is better than Benzema and Ribbery? So tell me which country doesn’t have divided opinions when players are called to camp for the WorldCup?

  • Austin 3 years ago

    This world cup will put people is surprised, I see African winning the world cup, Nigeria will be that Africa country. Wait to see