The squad of the World Cup in France 2022, the calendar and the latest odds

The squad of the World Cup in France 2022, the calendar and the latest odds

The squad of the World Cup in France 2022, the calendar and the latest odds

World Cup France 2022 team list matches team news odds - Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

World Cup France 2022 team list matches team news odds – Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

France will arrive in Qatar as World Cup holders after an exceptional campaign in Russia 2018.

They also made it through qualifiers, remaining undefeated in a group containing Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann finished as group top scorer with six goals and Kylian Mbappé was one behind him.

Didier Deschamps is now in his 10th year as the team’s head coach and continues to have an outrageous amount of talent at his disposal.

The squad of the World Cup in France 2022

World Cup teams are usually announced about six weeks before the start of the World Cup. This year the World Cup will take place from 21 November to 18 December.

Who could their key players be?

Hugo Lloris has been one of France’s top players since the turn of the century and is likely to become the nation’s most capped player in Qatar. At the ripe old age of 35, the Spurs goalkeeper has been captain of his national team since 2012 and his experience and trustworthiness will be vital to The Bleu.

Paul Pogba is doubtful of a tournament injury after undergoing knee surgery in early September. The midfielder, who arrived at Juventus in the summer, has always made a step forward within the French team and on his day can be the catalyst to swing a game in favor of his team.

france team world cup team news matches odds 2022 - Daniele Badolato / Juventus FC via Getty Images

france team world cup team news matches odds 2022 – Daniele Badolato / Juventus FC via Getty Images

Likewise, Karim Benzema is a man for the big break after a phenomenal campaign with Real Madrid. The 34-year-old racked up a staggering 44 goals in 46 club games during the 2021-22 season and was instrumental in securing a record 14th European Cup. If he manages to inspire his nation to another World Cup in a formidable attacking trident with Griezmann and Mbappé, it will be a twist for the Ballon d’Or.

Who, where and when do France play?

France will play Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.

Group stage matches

France-Australia, Saturday 22 November, 19:00 GMT (22:00 local time), Al Janoub stadium

France-Denmark, Thursday 26 November, 16:00 GMT (19:00 local time), Al Janoub stadium

Tunisia vs France, Monday 30th November, 15:00 GMT (18:00 local time), Education City Stadium

See the full list of matches from the 2022 World Cup.

What is France’s record at the World Cup?

France are reigning champions, having beaten Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 final at the end of an almost flawless streak, including victories over Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.

This was their second World Cup victory since the Zinedine Zidane-inspired triumph, when he scored two goals in Brazil’s 3-0 win in the 1998 final.

However, it was probably the great midfielder’s headlong assault on Marco Materazzi and the subsequent dismissal that cost his team in the 2006 final, which Italy won on penalties.

France boasts some of the most talented players in the world and has a particularly formidable attack. They should still get through their group, although it would not be wise to bar them from winning it again, we should note that no team has managed to win consecutive world titles from Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

What are the latest odds?

France is currently better priced than 6/1 to win the World Cup.

Other prominent contenders …

  • Brazil 9/2

  • England 7/1

  • Spain 8/1

  • Argentina 8/1

  • Germany 10/1

Information correct as of July 20

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