The List of Top Players Who DIDN'T Make France's Latest Squad Shows What Ridiculous Depth They Have

Jamie Spencer

France named their squad for upcoming World Cup and friendly games against Luxembourg and Spain respectively on Thursday afternoon. It was a list of 23 players for coach Didier Deschamps, most of whom are aged 24 or under - Antoine Griezmann is a relative veteran at 25 - and what is most striking is the depth of talent the national team has at its disposal.

When many in England are bemoaning an underwhelming Three Lions selection, 'the worst in my lifetime', according to some, the number of top players who aren't in France's latest selection, without detracting from the quality of the squad, is actually rather ridiculous.

As many as 13 of Deschamps' group have six or fewer senior international appearances under their belt, while six of those are uncapped completely.

There are call-ups for emerging Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, his team-mates Presnel Kimpembe and Adrien Rabiot, Monaco trio Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe, and Lyon's Corentin Tolisso.

18-year-old Mbappe, the toast of Europe after his recent Champions League displays against Manchester City, is the first player born since the 1998 World Cup triumph to be picked by the national team as France ushers in a new generation of superstars.


Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte, both 22, are other names that are likely to be drafted into the senior fold in the relatively near future.

Injury has ruled Anthony Martial out of contention for this set of internationals, but Alexandre Lacazette, scorer of 28 goals this season, has been left out again after last being in the squad in September, while France still also have Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman and Lyon's Nabil Feikir to call upon as well.

1. FC Koeln v Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
1. FC Koeln v Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

Following on from his fine Euro 2016, Moussa Sissoko can't get near the squad at the moment. Raphael Varane is currently nursing a hamstring problem, and Barcelona full-back Lucas Digne hasn't made the cut this time. There's also no Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Karim Benzema's international career doesn't have to be over just yet.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele is another whose name on lips for the long-term future.

Morgan Schneiderlin, Kurt Zouma, Steve Mandanda and Mathieu Valbuena are all previously capped players waiting in the wings for another chance.


When one country has such a glut of talent it's impossible not to be jealous.

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