France announced a list of 23 players in World Cup 2018 without Benzema

Didier Deschamps, the coach of the French team, announced on May 17, the list of 23 players selected for the 2018 World Cup.

The list of 23: Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atlético Madrid), Djibril Sidibé (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Adil Rami (OM), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Benjamin Mendy ( Manchester City).

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus Turin), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla).

Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Nabil Fekir (OL), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Florian Thauvin (OM).

The list of 11 substitutes

Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Benoit Costil (Rennes), Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Etienne), Lucas Digne (FC Barcelona), Alexandre Lacazette (OL), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) according to Linternaute.com

Calendar of the France team

The France team will start its World Cup on June 16th. Before this deadline, the Blues have several preparation matches for the program: France – Ireland, Monday, May 28 in Saint-Denis (2-0 win), France – Italy, Friday, June 1, at the Allianz Riviera in Nice ( victory 3-1) and France – United States, on Saturday 9 June in Lyon (21h00). Then comes the 2018 World Cup, with a first match against Australia, in Kazan, on Saturday, June 16, 2018 and against Peru, in Yekaterinburg, on Thursday, June 21, and finally against Denmark, in Moscow, Tuesday, June 26. In case of qualification, the Blues play their eighth final on Saturday, June 30 or Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Team jersey for France

The FFF and Nike, the official sponsor of the French football team, officially unveiled, on March 15, the blue uniforms for the 2018 World Cup in Russia: an all-blue “home” jersey (with shorts white and red socks), a white “outer” jersey (with dark blue shorts and white socks). This puts an end to rumors and other leaks that have appeared in recent weeks, particularly on the Footyheadlines site. Basketball player Frank Ntilikina had also appeared with the French jersey on his Instagram account. Here are the pictures of the new blue uniforms worn by Kylian Mbappé (PSG).

Match of the France team

During the month of March, the Blues did not shine against Colombia at the Stade de France by losing 3 goals to 2 while France led 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. A few days later, the men Didier Deschamps woke up beating the host country of the World Cup, Russia 3-1, thanks to a great Paul Pogba, author of a free kick and a great assist for Kylian Mbappé.

AC preparation matches for the French team which will have to do better during the months of May and June. Last November, on the other hand, the friendly games had rather smiled on the French team, victorious in Wales (2-0) and attractive in Germany despite the draw conceded on the wire (2-2).
O A clearing in the blue sky that had not really reassured at the last qualifying meeting, especially against Belarus (2-1, the summary), a match that had allowed them to secure their place at the World Cup .

More generally, it was the second part of the playoffs that disappointed. Hugo Lloris and his team-mates were indeed irregular with a defeat in Sweden (1-2), a nice win against the Netherlands (4-0), then a surprise draw against Luxembourg (0-0) , and two forceps victories in Bulgaria (1-0) and therefore against Belarus (2-1). The Blues, who are also imposed against England in a friendly match last June, seem generally more comfortable facing large nations.

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