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Benzema & Zouma in/Man United & Spurs stars out: France announce squad for Euro 2020

Benzema & Zouma in/Man United & Spurs stars out: France announce squad for Euro 2020

 

The panel of players set to travel to the European Championships with France this summer has, on Tuesday, been confirmed.

Les Bleus amongst favourites

The start of the highly-anticipated rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament is of course now just around the corner.

After being postponed last summer amid the global issues brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, European football’s most prestigious international competition will get underway in a little over three weeks’ time.

A host of nations will head into the action with their eyes firmly on eventual glory, with the likes of Portugal, Italy, Spain and England all boasting impressive individual talent in their ranks.

Benzema & Zouma in/Man United & Spurs stars out: France announce squad for Euro 2020

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal, his 100th goal for Portugal, during the UEFA Nations League football match between Sweden and Portugal on September 8, 2020 in Solna, Sweden. (Photo by Janerik HENRIKSSON / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by JANERIK HENRIKSSON/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)

None, though, from a depth standpoint at least, can quite compete with the embarrassment of riches at the disposal of world champions France.

Didier Deschamps has multiple top-class options available to him in almost every position, with Les Bleus’ frontline particularly jam-packed with talent.

Martial misses out

In turn, it was always likely that one high-profile attacker was set to be omitted by the France boss, as part of the country’s final squad for the European Championships.

And, on Tuesday evening, this is precisely what has come to pass.

The player to have missed out? Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.

Benzema & Zouma in/Man United & Spurs stars out: France announce squad for Euro 2020

France’s forward Anthony Martial (R) receives assistance after an injury during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification Group D football match between Kazakhstan and France, at the Astana Arena, in Nur-Sultan, on March 28, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The sidelined Red Devils star, though, is not the only Premier League regular to have been overlooked by Deschamps.

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has also not done enough to earn himself an inclusion, with teammate Moussa Sissoko and, somewhat surprisingly, Corentin Tolisso, called up.

The other major talking point of course comes in the form of Karim Benzema’s widely reported return, with the Real Madrid hitman set to feature on the international stage this summer for the first time since 2015.

Borussia Monchengladbach talent Marcus Thuram, meanwhile, is also included.

Check out France’s 26-man Euro 2020 squad in full below:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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