Giroud and Dembélé make France Nations League selection

Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele were both included in France’s final squad for the World Cup on Thursday, as coach Didier Deschamps made up for the absence of many big names for a UEFA Nations League double header.

Karim Benzema is sidelined with a thigh injury sustained at Real Madrid, while Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup after undergoing knee surgery.

With Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante recovering from injury, Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe sidelined and Bayern Munich duo Kingsley Coman and Lucas Hernandez also ruled out, Deschamps has brought back some familiar faces and given a first chance to others for France’s games against Austria and Denmark later this month.

Giroud, who turns 36 at the World Cup in Qatar, has been rewarded for a great start to the season at AC Milan with a recall, while Dembele joins the squad for the first time since June last year when he limped from the squad. European championship.

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There are initial calls for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani, as well as Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile and club mate Youssouf Fofana.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are among the six players in the squad to compete in the 2018 World Cup final against Croatia.

France will host Austria on September 22 in Paris and play against Denmark in Copenhagen three days later.

While the games are in preparation for the World Cup, which starts on November 20, France are currently bottom of the Nations League A, Group 1, so will need points from their last two games to avoid relegation to League B.

Last year they won the last edition of the Nations League.

French selection

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham United/ENG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Mike Maignan (AC Milan/ITA)

Defenders: Benoit Badiashile (Monaco), Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan/ITA), Jules Kounde (Barcelona/ESP), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid/ESP), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich/DE), William Saliba (Arsenal/ENG), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich/DE), Raphael Varane (Manchester United/ENG)

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Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid/ESP), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus/ITA), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid/ESP)

Attackers: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan/ITA), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP, loaned from Barcelona/ESP), Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Kylian Mbappe (Paris-Germain ), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig/GER).


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