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France Euro 2024 squad: Mbappe leads Les Bleus as N'Golo Kante earns shock call-up

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Three of the big contenders for Euro 2024
announced their squads, either provisional or final, on the same day on May 16.

Unlike host nation Germany
and the Netherlands
, France’s roster is definitive: the 25 players selected by Didier Deschamps will be the ones who lead their challenge for glory, unless injury forces them into a late unexpected change.

Les Bleus, World Cup winners in 2018 and runners-up to Argentina four years later
, will be one of the leading candidates to win the trophy in Germany this year. They were beaten finalists in this competition on home soil back in 2016 (to Portugal), and this remains the trophy to elude Deschamps during his spell as head coach, his team having been eliminated by Switzerland on penalties at Euro 2020.

Kylian Mbappe
, who missed in that shootout, is the star of this squad, but France are blessed with multiple big-name players and will likely be the opponents everyone else will fear at these finals.

The Sporting News looks at their confirmed roster and their schedule for the coming weeks.

MORE: The full schedule and bracket for Euro 2024, updated live

Deschamps opted against selecting the full contingent of 26 players that UEFA’s rules allowed, instead opting for a 25-man roster.

The big surprise is the inclusion of former Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante. The 33-year-old, now featuring in Saudi Arabia for Al Ittihad, has not played for his country since before the 2022 World Cup. He was previously a mainstay in Deschamps’ midfield, alongside Paul Pogba, who is contesting a four-year doping ban and will therefore miss this tournament
.

Kylian Mbappe leads a contingent of Paris Saint-Germain players — although he is leaving the club this year
— that includes the uncapped Bradley Barcola, while Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann was interestingly listed as a midfielder in France’s squad announcement.

Theo Hernandez is included, but his brother, Bayern Munich’s Lucas Hernandez, has a serious knee injury and will be sidelined for months.

Aurelien Tchouameni and Kingsley Coman are both included despite late-season injury issues.

Ages and caps correct as of squad announcement on May 16

*Giroud has signed for LAFC and will join before the start of Euro 2024

Teams are permitted to name squads of up to 26 players — an increase of three from the previous tournament rules
— with the minimum roster size set at 23.

UEFA regulations do not stipulate how many of those players must be goalkeepers.

France are the highest-ranked side in Group D at Euro 2024 — the pool considered something of a ‘Group of Death’.

Netherlands, ranked seventh in the world by FIFA, are in this group alongside Austria (25th), and Poland (28th).

MORE: How all the Euro 2024 groups look

France’s squad will convene at their national base of Clairefontaine on May 29, with the exception of those players involved in European finals that week, such as the Real Madrid contingent who will play in the UEFA Champions League final.

They host two warm-up matches on home soil against Luxembourg (in Metz), and Canada (in Bordeaux). Les Bleus will then travel to their Euro 2024 base in Dusseldorf before their opening match on June 17.

Once the final roster has been made official, changes can only be made due to injury or illness up until the team’s opening match of the tournament.

UEFA’s tournament regulations state: “Should listed players or goalkeepers become seriously injured or ill, they may only be substituted if both their team doctor and a doctor from the UEFA Medical Committee confirm that the injury or illness is sufficiently serious to prevent them from taking part in the final tournament.”

While any outfield players must be replaced prior to their team’s opening match, goalkeepers can be changed prior to their next scheduled game once the tournament is underway.

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