Europe France names 23-man squad for Ivory Coast, South Africa friendlies

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France national team head coach Didier Deschamps named a 23-man squad for this month’s friendlies against Ivory Coast and South Africa.

France will take on two African nations in preparations for the Qatar 2022 World Cup later this year.

And their first opponents is Ivory Coast who was knocked out of AFCON 2021 by Gabaski’s Egypt in last 16 round.

The game will be held at Olympique Marseille’s stadium Velodrome on March 25.

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Their second opponents if South Africa’s Bafana Bafana who missed out on the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of nations held in Cameroon.

France and South Africa will knock horns on March 29 at Pierre-Mauroy Stadium where Chelsea beat Lille (2-1) on Wednesday evening in UEFA Champions league’s round of 16.

Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku and others are among the players called up by Didier Deschamps.

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Below is France squad

Goalkeepers : Alphonse Aréola, Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (Milan AC), Alphonse Areola (West Ham)

Defenders : Jonathan Clauss (Lens), Lucas Digne (Aston Villa), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (Milan AC), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris SG), Jules Koundé (FC Séville), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphaël Varane (Manchester United).

Midfielders : Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus Turin), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco).

Forwards : Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (Paris SG), Christopher Nkunku (Leipzig).

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