Saliba selected for France's World Cup squad

William Saliba playing for France against Austria

William Saliba has been named in France's 26-man travelling party to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, as the reigning champions look to defend their title.

Our centre-back has won seven caps since making his debut back in March in a friendly against the Ivory Coast, and after following that up with another cap against South Africa, he featured in five UEFA Nations League games as he established himself as a key member of Le Bleus' side.

Didier Deschamps' team will kick off their campaign on Tuesday, November 22 against Australia, before taking on Denmark four days later. They finish off against Tunisia on Friday, 30 November as the world champions look to retain their crown.

Saliba is joined by two former Gunners in the squad, with Olivier Giroud and Matteo Guendouzi also selected.

Confirmed France squad:

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

Defenders: Lucas Hernardez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamencano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United)

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

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

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