- 1 France World Cup Squad 2022
- 2 The France World Cup Squad – Goalkeepers
- 3 Defenders for the France World Cup Squad
- 4 Potential midfield picks for the French team
- 5 France World Cup Squad – Strikers
- 6 Group D: How Did France Do So Far In Qatar?
- 7 France World Cup Squad FAQs
France World Cup Squad 2022
France are listed as the third favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar. And when you look at the possible France World Cup squad, it’s clear to see why. Currently, France has a team that consists of some true superstars – especially strikers. Yet another key reason that the squad is so prolific is due to the depth that they have at their disposal. While the primary picks are all guys that can play magnificent football, the possible substitutes are also a real threat to any team. This, combined with the results of the French national team in recent years makes this a team to watch at the 2022 World Cup.
But coming back to the actual France World Cup squad now, we wish to take you through the key players who are involved. It’s all discussed below, so let us get started!
The France World Cup Squad – Goalkeepers
Let’s begin by talking about the guys who are responsible for limiting the number of goals conceded. This is a hugely important role for any team, especially when it comes down to penalties on the biggest stage in football. You’ve got to have courage, composure, and let’s face it – you’ve got to be a little crazy to be a goalkeeper too. In any case, these are Didier Dechamp's choices:
- Hugo Lloris
- Alphonse Areola
- Steve Mandanda
Given that Hugo Lloris is the current French captain, we can probably go ahead and assume that he will be starting in Qatar. He is also the number one pick for the France World Cup squad, just as he was in 2018 too. And of all the players from the list, Lloris is the most capped, as well as the most experienced by a mile. But at 35 years of age, there is always a concern that he might pick up an injury at any point.
Defenders for the France World Cup Squad
When people talk about the current French national team, they often rave about the quality of their attack. And yes, their attack is sublime, but that alone isn’t enough to win a World Cup trophy. At the other end of the pitch, the France World Cup squad will still need to defend against some of the best attacking players in the world. So finding the right guys for the job is essential to the success of the team.
With that said, the following players will make it to Qatar 2022 for the France defensive lineup:
- Benjamin Pavard
- Jules Koundé
- Raphael Varane
- Presnel Kimpembe
- William Saliba
- Lucas Hernandez
- Theo Hernandez
- Ibrahima Konaté
- Dayot Upamecano
This mix of players should serve every individual defensive position well. It covers the taller, stronger guys in the middle of the pack, and it also covers the guys on the wings. We should also point out that several of these guys were in the winning team from the 2018 World Cup. This includes guys like Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, as well as Lucas Hernandez. And as we all know, experience plays an important factor in the possible success of any team at the World Cup.
Potential midfield picks for the French team
Now, the middle of the park is often where games are won and lost. And based on France’s performances in recent tournaments like the 2018 World Cup as well as the 2020 Euros, they have been pretty strong in this region. On that note, they have been so strong thanks to several of the guys mentioned below:
- Adrien Rabiot
- Aurelien Tchouaméni
- Youssouf Fofana
- Matteo Guendouzi
- Jordan Veretout
- Eduardo Camavinga
France World Cup Squad – Strikers
We hope you are sitting down, for this is where the French international team really shows us why they are so special. We’ve mentioned previously that the team is loaded with superstars, and many guys you may already be aware of. This makes the selection process pretty simple in terms of number-one picks.
Clearly, Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku were part of the squad, but were dropped due to injuries. So, this is the final list of strikers for France in Qatar:
- Kingsley Coman
- Kylian Mbappé
- Olivier Giroud
- Antoine Griezmann
- Ousmane Dembélé
Group D: How Did France Do So Far In Qatar?
The defending world champions already secured a place in the next stage and a top finish in the group after the first two rounds, breaking the curse of previous world champions who got eliminated in group stages. So, after beating Australia and Denmark, their match in the last round was a mere formality and France treated it that way, which cost them points after they lost to Tunisia.
Group D Final Standings
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France's Last 16 Fixture
France came through their game against Poland in the last 16 with a near-perfect performance. Poland gave the favourites a couple of scares early on but once Giroud fired France in front just before the break, there was no looking back. Mbappe scored two second-half goals to put France 3-0 up and although Lewandowski converted a late spot-kick, there was never any doubt who deserved to win this game and setup a date with England in the Quarter-Finals.
France's Quarter-Final Fixture
France secured a 2-1 victory against England to progress through to the Semi-Finals. The Brazilian referee didn't cover himself in glory during the 90-minutes with many of his decisions going against Southgate's men. Tchmouameni fired in a long-range effort that beat Pickford in the 17th-minute, though, there was a foul in the build-up which the referee and VAR failed to award so the goal stood. Kane got England back onto level terms in the 54th-minute via a penalty but Giroud had a header deflected past Pickford in the 78th-minute to restore France's one-goal advantage. England should have equalised when Kane stepped up to take another spot-kick but this time the Tottenham forward blazed his spot-kick over the bar and England were out.
France's Semi-Final Fixture
France were given a tough game against Morocco but as soon as that first goal went in early on, you feared the worst for the North Africans. France controlled the game for the most part and were happy to sit in and protect their lead knowing that Morocco would eventually leave too much space at the back, and that is just what happened. Mbappe setup the second killer goal that broke Moroccan hearts but in truth, France were the deserved winner and it has setup an exciting final full of potential Golden Boot winners.
France's Final Fixture
France and Argentina put on one of the most exciting World Cup Finals in the history of this illustrious competition, though, Deschamp's side didn't really show up until late in the second half. By that time, Argentina were already 2-0 up thanks to a penalty from Messi and a goal from fellow veteran forward Di Maria. The South Americans appeared to be cruising to their third World Cup trophy until France were awarded a penalty of their own 10-minutes from time which Mbappe converted. A minute late and it was 2-2, Mbappe volleying the ball home to take the game into extra-time.
Once again, Argentina got themselves in front and appeared to be on their way to lifting the trophy when Messi scored from close range in the 108th-minute but the South Americans couldn't hold on and France earned another spot-kick in the 188th-minute which Mbappe scored to ensure that he finished the tournament as the Golden Boot winner. However, the more important issue of the World Cup winner was still to be decided via a penalty shoot-out and here is how that played out,
France: Mbappe – Scored
Argentina: Messi – Scored
France: Coman – Missed
Argentina:Dybala – Scored
France: Tchouameni – Missed
Argentina:Paredes – Scored
France: Kolo Muani – Scored
Argentina:Montiel – Scored
Result: Argentina 4– France 2
France World Cup Squad FAQs
Which teams will these guys face in the group stage?
France has been put into Group D. This means that they will need to play against Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia to make it through to the knockout stages. However, this should be relatively straightforward for a team of this calibre.
Is there a date for the official release of the team lineups?
Yes, there is. France had to submit their team selection by November 13th, as did every other team that is competing this year. With that said, most teams summited their selections well in advance and we already know the final squad for France right now.
Who is in charge of selecting the French players for the World Cup?
The manager and the rest of the coaching staff are responsible for picking the players for Qatar. Currently, the head coach is Didier Deschamps, and it would be fair to say that he has been quite successful since taking the job in 2012. Of course, this includes a victory at the 2018 World Cup. So the team will no doubt trust his judgment this time around.
How many guys will be listed in the France World Cup squad?
France was allowed to take 26 players to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. This is an increase from 24 players seen at the 2018 World Cup.