On Tuesday evening Didier Deschamps announced his 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Instead of a straight list of 30, Deschamps decided to name his main squad with seven reserves.
Here is the France squad:
Hugo LLORIS (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (SC Bastia)
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto)
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcastle United)
Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Stephane Ruffier (St-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (St-Etienne), Loic Perrin (St-Etienne), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
The main absentees are Manchester City duo Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy. Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is a welcome inclusion as he has been one player that has been criminally left out for a few years now.
Nasri has been left out due to his attitude, nothing to do with his footballing ability. Deschamps even made a point to say that he picked the best squad, not the best 23 players. Nasri’s attitude when brought off or when not picked to start had cause problems in the squad. Deschamps felt he couldn’t trust Nasri to behave in what will be a close knit squad.
Gael Clichy has lost his place to PSG defender Lucas Digne, and it is unlikely that the City player will be able to win his place back any time soon. Along with Eric Abidal, who retired from international football this evening, Clichy’s international career looks over as he missed out to Benoit Tremoulinas for a place in the reserves.
France start their World Cup campaign against Honduras on June 15th, they are in Group E along with Switzerland and Ecuador.