France announces its team for the 2022 World Cup: Varane summoned and Deschamps will return to 4-2-3-1

France coach Didier Deschamps insisted Raphael VaranePresnel Kimpembe and Karim Benzema will be fit enough to start the world Cup after recent injuries as the Blues embark on the defense of their trophy with a provisional squad of 25 players.

The national coach, who announced his choices on TF1’s 8 p.m. news on Wednesday evening before giving a stormy press conference to explain his decisions, intends to change his tactical approach in Qatar and will return to four-man defense, abandoning recent experience. . with a rearguard of three men.

He instinctively would have preferred a squad of 23, but will take a bigger squad to Qatar with injury concerns surrounding so many of his players. Deschamps has previously insisted that all players who go to a major tournament should play for their clubs in the build-up to the tournament, although, in Varane’s case in particular, he made an exception.

This reflects the centre-half’s status within the national setup.

The 29-year-old hasn’t been involved since suffering a hamstring injury with Manchester United at chelsea October 22. Although he won’t play for his club before joining the national team, he is optimistic that Varane will be able to train with his international teammates next week.

Benzema only played 27 minutes for real Madrid since mid-October following an ankle problem. There are concerns about the physical condition of Kimpembe, who has started a game for Paris Saint-Germain since September 10 and continues to be troubled by a complaint from Achille. Kimpembe hopes to train at PSG Thursday and targeted playing time in Sunday’s Ligue 1 game against Auxerre.

Benzema after being named the winner of the Ballon d’Or last month (Photo: FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The liverpool center half, Ibrahima Konateis back in the fold despite having only just returned to the first team at club level after a knee problem.

The AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan failed to recover from a calf problem — Steve Mandanda of Rennes, 37, and Alphonse Areoloa of West Ham United will serve as reinforcements Hugo Lloris — while the decision not to select Jonathan Clauss from Marseille and AstonVillait is Lucas Digne reflects Deschamps’ decision to switch back from his recent 3-4-1-2 formation to the 4-2-3-1 that succeeded in 2018.

“It will be four behind,” said Deschamps. “We did a lot of analysis (of recent games), and I had a lot of discussions with my staff and my players. The feelings expressed influenced my decision. We did very good things in this system (three behind), but we were sometimes in difficulty. We were often unbalanced even if we turned around certain bad situations. To win a competition, you have to be solid defensively.

“We will have to defend well, defend better, not at the expense of our attacking intent, but if I choose this formation I think we can do both. The system leads to making different player choices. There are nine defenders in the squad. team, one more than usual.

Asked about Konaté’s inclusion, he added: “You don’t start at his age in a Liverpool team that recently became European champions by accident.”

Deschamps, who appeared flustered during his press conference, admitted selection for this team had been ‘far from easy’ with injury having denied him Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kantewhose midfield partnership was so instrumental in winning the trophy in Russia four years ago.

The focus will be on Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who has established himself as a starter in the absence of the more experienced duo. His teenage teammate Eduardo Camavinga made the cut despite winning just one cap in the past two years.

“What counts against Eduardo is the lack of playing time, but he’s at Real Madrid,” Deschamps said. “He only has internationals ahead of him. And there’s always something going on when he’s on the pitch. He doesn’t do everything well, he prefers some positions to others, but it’s an advantage to have his versatility.Add to that an excellent state of mind, he has an infectious smile and he is very attentive.

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Camavinga with Ancelotti at Real Madrid (Photo: Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Summons of Marseillais Jordan Veretout, who did not play a minute in selection in 2022, and his teammate Matteo Guendouzi, as well as the very promising Monegasque midfielder Youssouf Fofana. He forged a good bond with Tchouameni in the Principality last season before the latter’s summer visit to Madrid.

“I have confidence in these players,” Deschamps said. “You know what the two absent players (Pogba and Kante) represent in terms of experience and leadership. Fortunately, in the different encounters, these new players have had playing time. This is not going to give them the experience from Paul and NG, but I still trust them.

The French challenge will be led by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Benzema. Veteran Milan striker Olivier Giroud, who is two goals shy of Thierry Henry’s national record of 51, has been chosen for his third World Cup.

The players will report to the national training base of Clairefontaine, on the outskirts of Paris, next Monday noon to begin their preparation. The French delegation is due to fly to Doha on Wednesday morning, six days before its first pool match, where it will be based at the Al-Messila complex on the outskirts of the capital. They will train for the first time at the Al-Sadd ground, a 15-minute drive from the team hotel, on Thursday.

National teams must submit their finalized lists to Fifa on Monday evening (November 14), but it is still possible to make changes up to 24 hours before a team’s first match of the tournament if the players succumb to injury. That means France have until November 21, 24 hours before their opener against Australiato make further changes.

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