France World Cup lineup, starting 11 in Qatar 2022: Will Varane come in for Konate vs Denmark?

By | November 26, 2022

When France fell behind to Australia early on in their World Cup opening fixture, thoughts immediately turned to the many disastrous previous defences of the title we have witnessed.

Italy in 2010, Germany in 2018, France themselves in 2002 – this tournament only gets harder when you are the holders.

However, by full-time, Didier Deschamps’ men had turned the game entirely on its head to win 4-1, showing why it is entirely possible they could win back-to-back World Cups.

One of those many reasons is an enviable strength in depth, which could come into play when the French contest their second group game against Denmark.

Here is how they could line up for their next Group D outing.

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France lineup vs. Denmark

France confirmed lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): . Lloris (GK) – 5. Kounde, 4. Varane, 18. Upamecano, 22. T. Hernandez – 8. Tchouameni, 14. Rabiot – 11. Dembele, 7. Griezmann, 10. Mbappe – 9. Giroud.  

  • Injured: Benzema, L. Hernandez, Coman
  • Suspended: none

Deschamps was forced into one change at the back after Lucas Hernandez suffered a knee injury that has ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. His brother Theo Hernandez replaces him at left-back.

Lucas joins Karim Benzema in taking no further part, after the Ballon d’Or winner was ruled out on the eve of the tournament.

Ibrahima Konate impressed against Australia but, with Raphael Varane now fully fit, the Liverpool man finds his place gone with Varane into the lineup. Kingsley Coman was the only other doubt after missing training on Friday, and he’s not in the lineup, while Jules Kounde takes over at right-back for Benjamin Pavard.

France World Cup squad

Here are the 25 names on France’s current World Cup squad in Qatar:

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 23 Alphonse Areola West Ham (ENG) 29 5
GK 1 Hugo Lloris Tottenham (ENG) 35 139
GK 16 Steve Mandanda Rennes (FRA) 37 34
DEF 3 Axel Disasi Monaco (FRA) 24 0
DEF 21 Lucas Hernandez Bayern Munich (FRA) 26 32
DEF 22 Theo Hernandez AC Milan (ITA) 25 7
DEF 24 Ibrahima Konate Liverpool (ENG) 23 2
DEF 5 Jules Kounde Barcelona (SPA) 23 12
DEF 2 Benjamin Pavard Bayern Munich (GER) 26 46
DEF 17 William Saliba Arsenal (ENG) 21 7
DEF 18 Dayot Upamecano Bayern Munich (GER) 23 7
DEF 4 Raphael Varane Manchester United (ENG) 29 87
DEF 13 Youssouf Fofana Monaco (FRA) 23 2
MID 25 Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid (SPA) 19 4
MID 6 Matteo Guendouzi Marseille (FRA) 23 6
MID 14 Adrien Rabiot Juventus (ITA) 27 29
MID 8 Aurelien Tchouameni Real Madrid (SPA) 22 14
MID 15 Jordan Veretout Marseille (FRA) 29 5
FWD 11 Ousmane Dembele Barcelona (FRA) 25 28
FWD 20 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich (GER) 26 40
FWD  9 Olivier Giroud AC Milan (ITA) 36 114
FWD 7 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid (SPA) 31 110
FWD 10 Kylian Mbappe PSG (FRA) 23 59
FWD 26 Marcus Thuram Bor. M’Gladbach (GER) 25 4
FWD 12 Randal Kolo Muani Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 23 2