Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both called up to the France squad on Thursday as the World Cup holders begin their campaign to qualify for next year’s tournament in Qatar.
France have a triple-header coming up and it starts at home to Ukraine next Wednesday, March 24, at the Stade de France.
They will then travel to play Kazakhstan away on Sunday, March 28, followed by a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later.
I’m a bit puzzled as to why both Pogba and Martial were called up when they’ve been out with injuries for the past month? We might see the midfielder return tonight against AC Milan but the latter has stayed in Manchester.
GK: Alphonse Areola (Fulham/ENG on loan from Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille)
DEF: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich/GER), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona/ESP), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid/ESP), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich/GER), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea/ENG)
MID: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus/FRA), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)
FWDS: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Anthony Martial (Manchester United/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) March 18, 2021