Mbappe, Benzema, Kante: France's outrageous squad depth ahead of Qatar World Cup

  • Kobe Tong
Benzema and Mbappe celebrate.

France will enter the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as holders.

Les Bleus conquered the world at the previous tournament in Russia for their second ever World Cup crown, overcoming Croatia in one of the most entertaining finals in recent memory.

And while they were unable to conquer their own continent in due course at Euro 2020, bouncing back to win the UEFA Nations League was a reminder of their quality on the international stage.

France’s incredible squad depth

Besides, it’s no secret that Didier Deschamps has one of the deepest talent pools available to him in the men’s game with France seeming to churn out world-class players every other second.

As such, it’s always a sobering moment when supporters from other countries take a closer look at France’s squad depth and realise the head-spinning quality that they’re coming up against.

And rest assured that the 2021/22 season has done nothing but strengthen Deschamps’ resources with even more French nationals staking their claim for a place in the squad recently.

In fact, you only have to look at the squad that Descahmps has named just this week for upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures to see that the World Cup better brace itself for carnage.

After all, just one read through of the utter saturation of top-class ability in the France squad is enough to leave fellow World Cup contenders like Brazil, Spain and Germany quaking in their boots.

France’s latest squad

But don’t just take our word for it because you can check out the latest squad that Deschamps has named for France’s upcoming games for yourself down below:

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

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Aston Villa), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphaël Varane (Manchester United), Jonathan Clauss (Lens) and William Saliba (Marseille)

Midfielders: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille), Boubacar Kamara (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus) and Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco)

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

The latest France squad.
France’s staggering squad depth.

Quality, quality everywhere

Goodness gracious me. Imagine having all that quality at your finger tips.

You know that the squad is ridiculous when Dayot Upamecano, Eduardo Camavinga, Ousmane Dembele, Ferland Mendy and Ibrahima Konaté are all twiddling their thumbs back at home.

And while, yes, the likes of Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba are also absent, we can only put that down to injuries as opposed to Deschamps’s squad being so tough as to not even feature them.

Nevertheless, even in their absence, there’s quality everywhere you look with veterans like Kante, Benzema and Griezmann mixed in with rising talents like Nkunku, Tchouaméni and Saliba.

France's Mbappe and Benzema.
Soccer Football – Nations League – Final – Spain v France – San Siro, Milan, Italy – October 10, 2021 France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal with Karim Benzema Pool via REUTERS/Miguel Medina

And it makes for pretty terrifying reading if you’re the Denmark, Croatia and Austria squads set to lock horns with the world champions over the summer months.

Yes, football matches aren’t won on paper and yes, Euro 2020 goes to show that France are certainly beatable, but there’s no denying that they make for a frightening prospect ahead of Qatar.

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