Benzema and Mbappe are at the top of France’s list to face Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa, excluding Giroud

Benzema and Mbappe are at the top of France’s list to face Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa, France coach Didier Deschamps announced the list of roosters for the friendly matches between Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa on March 25 and 29, respectively.

The list of the French national team included 23 players in preparation for the international stop, after the roosters qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after topping their group in the qualifiers, while the famous striker Giroud was excluded.

The list witnessed the presence of Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe, the attacking duo, at the top of the players.

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

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton, England) – Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) – Theo Hernandez (AC Milan, Italy) – Berencel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Jules Conde (Sevilla, Spain) – Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich) – Jonathan Klose (Lens – Raphael Varane (Manchester United, England)

Midfield: Matteo Guendouzi (Olympique Marseille) – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Adrien Rabiot (Juventus, Italy) – Orlen Tushwamini (Monaco).

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, Spain) – Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany) – Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, Spain) – Kinsley Koeman (Bayern Munich) – Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Christopher Nkunko (Leipzig).

Deschamps had led France to win the European Nations Cup recently, at the expense of his Spanish counterpart, 2-1 in the final match that brought them together at the “San Siro” stadium in Milan, Italy.

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