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The 2022 World Cup is now less than two weeks away from starting and the confirmed squads are coming quickly now, with Wales and France among those to name theirs today.

Wales manager Rob Page has called up the experienced Gareth Bale and Joe Allen despite fitness concerns as he announced the country’s first World Cup squad in 64 years. Bale, Wales’s all-time top scorer with 40 goals in 108 internationals, admitted he was still not 100% despite his crucial late goal in Los Angeles FC’s MLS Cup final victory last weekend. He remains Wales’ talisman, however, and played a key role in leading them to the World Cup, scoring all three goals in their playoffs against Austria and Ukraine. Playmaker Allen, who has 72 caps, had been in fine form for Swansea City this season but has not played since 17 September after picking up a hamstring injury, with the club confirming he will not feature before the World Cup.

France have selected Arsenal defender William Saliba and Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate in a squad packed with talent. Olivier Giroud has also been picked, with Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema set to lead the attacking threat. Manchester United’s Raphael Varane is included despite his recent injury.

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France confirm World Cup squad

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan has been widely tipped as the successor to Hugo Lloris in the French goal but he has not been fit enough to make this World Cup, and so the third goalkeeper spot has been handed to the hugely experienced Steve Mandanda.

Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy is one of many notable defenders to miss out, as well as Chelsea’s Wesley Fofana and several young talents shining in Ligue 1 right now who had been given international experience by Deschamps over the past 18 months, such as Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile.

The midfield picks itself due to a lack of options after injuries to mainstays N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. If France are to defend their World Cup crown in Qatar, they are going to have to do with a new-look midfield most likely requiring Real Madrid’s young duo Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni to step up.

The forward unit has variety and balance with the pace of Kingsley Coman and Kylian Mbappe, the guile of Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, the finishing of Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema, plus the physical presence and great experience of Olivier Giroud.

Kylian Mbappe and Aurelien Tchouameni, two young French stars

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Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 20:03

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France confirm World Cup squad

France have selected Arsenal defender William Saliba and Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate in a squad packed with talent. Olivier Giroud has also been picked, with Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema set to lead the attacking threat. Manchester United’s Raphael Varane is included despite his recent injury.

Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 19:49

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France confirm World Cup squad

Some Premier League congratulations:

Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 19:45

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France confirm World Cup squad!

France have now confirmed their squad! It is a 25-man ‘provisional’ list, which means there is still time to add one more player should Didier Deschamps decide to do so.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes), Alphonse Areola (West Ham).

Defenders: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Manchester United), William Saliba (Arsenal), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Jordan Veretout (Marseille).

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan).

Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 19:38

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Wales squad in profile

Wales will be playing at their first World Cup since 1958 in Qatar. Here is a closer look at the players who made Robert Page’s 26-man squad:

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‘Gareth Bale always delivers’, says Page

Asked about Gareth Bale’s fitness, Rob Page says: “I’m not really bothered. He’s come off the back of scoring a really important goal for LA. He’s back in the country. He’s fit. Every time he turns up for us, irrespective of how many minutes he’s played previously for his club, he’s always delivered, so I’ve got no worries whatsoever.”

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring for LAFC against the Philadelphia Union during extra time in the MLS Cup last week

(USA TODAY Sports)

Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 19:19

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Wales announce World Cup squad

Cardiff City’s Rubin Colwill, 20, will travel to his second major tournament – having earned his first call-up last year for Euro 2020 – despite an injury-hit season that has restricted him to only nine appearances in all competitions.

Forward Tyler Roberts, on loan at Queens Park Rangers, missed out after sustaining a calf injury and Rabbi Matondo was omitted having made only started five games since moving to Rangers.

Wales kick off their World Cup campaign against the United States on 21 November and also face Iran and England in Group B.

Tyler Roberts has missed out on Wales’ World Cup squad

(PA Wire)

Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 19:11

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Wales announce World Cup squad

Wales manager Rob Page has called up the experienced Gareth Bale and Joe Allen despite fitness concerns as he announced the country’s first World Cup squad in 64 years on Wednesday.

Bale, Wales’s all-time top scorer with 40 goals in 108 internationals, admitted he was still not 100% despite his crucial late goal in Los Angeles FC’s MLS Cup final victory last weekend.

He remains Wales’ talisman, however, and played a key role in leading them to the World Cup, scoring all three goals in their playoffs against Austria and Ukraine.

Playmaker Allen, who has 72 caps, had been in fine form for Swansea City this season but has not played since Sept. 17 after picking up a hamstring injury, with the club confirming he will not feature before the World Cup.

Joe Allen has been named in Wales’ World Cup squad (Mike Egerton/PA)

(PA Wire)

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Full squad

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Nottingham Forest), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Sheffield United)

Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town), Joe Rodon (Rennes, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Mephan (Bournemouth), Ethan Ampadu (Spezia, on loan from Chelsea), Chris Gunter (Wimbledon), Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest), Connor Roberts (Burnley)

Midfielders: Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield Town), Joe Allen (Swansea City), Matthew Smith (Milton Keynes Dons), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United), Harry Wilson (Fulham), Joe Morrell (Portsmouth), Jonny Williams (Swindon Town), Aaron Ramsey (Nice), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City)

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Los Angeles FC), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth), Mark Harris (Cardiff City), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Dan James (Fulham, on loan from Leeds United)

Lawrence Ostlere9 November 2022 19:09

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Wales World Cup squad confirmed

Joe Allen is included in the squad despite his injury struggles. Mark Harris is selected among the forwards while Tom Lockyer and Ben Cabango are among the defenders.

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