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2022 World Cup | Didier Deschamps reveals tactical direction in wake of France squad announcement

Jonathan Clauss was not included in the 26-man France squad announced by Deschamps on the back of the tactical direction that the former Les Bleus trophy winner intends to rely on in Qatar

France boss Didier Deschamps has officially announced the 26-man squad that Les Bleus will rely on in their bid to become just the third nation to successfully defend its World Cup crown when 32 countries come together in Qatar in less than two weeks’ time.

Plenty of expected names will be in attendance, with the likes of Hugo Lloris, Raphaël Varane, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, and Kylian Mbappé all back again for France while being added to by budding young starts in the vein of Christopher Nkunku, William Saliba, Eduardo Camavinga, Dayot Upamecano, and Aurélien Tchouaméni.

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France World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola

Defenders: Theo Hernandez, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane

Midfielders: Aurelian Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Youssouf Fofana, Eduardo Camavinga, Matteo Guendouzi, Jordan Veretout

But the absence of one player, in particular, Olympique de Marseille’s Jonathan Clauss, caused Deschamps to comment on the back of the announcement of his intention to deploy his men in a back four formation in Qatar.

Clauss, who famously had a video taken during his time at Racing Club de Lens when he received his first call-up to the national team last season, continued to excel in Ligue 1 which earned him a move to the south of France this summer.

Though he remains key for OM, his ability as a wing-back, rather than a full-back, has meant he was shock exclusion from the team.

With one of the deepest player pools of any nation in the world, Deschamps is spoiled for choice with how he can first tackle Group D against Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia before setting their sights on a hopeful final appearance and then some.

Given his admission of a back four, 101GreatGoals takes a crack at predicting France’s XI for their opening match against Australia on 22 November.


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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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