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      Thierry Henry names preliminary France Olympic squad

      2024/06/03 12:26

      Thierry Henry has announced France's preliminary men's football squad for the upcoming Olympic Games Paris 2024.

      Kylian Mbappe, who is widely anticipated to join Real Madrid after his contract with Paris SG expires, will be absent as he was not included in the squad announced.

      Despite expressing his desire to participate in the Games back in March, the 25-year-old will not feature for the hosts.

      Included in the preliminary squad are former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, Crystal Palace pair Jean-Philippe Mateta and Michael Olise, PSG’s highly-rated midfielder Warren Zaïre-Emery, and Bayern Munich forward Mathys Tel.

      According to competition regulations, each team must consist solely of players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 (aged 23 at the time of the Games), although up to three players born before that date can also be selected.

      Les Bleus have previously clinched two medals at the Olympic Games, securing silver on home soil in Paris in 1900 and gold in Los Angeles in 1984.

      France has been drawn into Group A for the Olympics, where they will face the United States, Guinea, and New Zealand.

      France Olympic squad:

      Goalkeepers: Lucas Chevalier, Obed Nkambadio, Guillaume Restes, Robin Risser

      Defenders: Bafodé Diakité, Mazime Esteve, Bradley Locko, Castello Lukeba, Kiliann Sildillia, Adrien Truffert, Leny Yoro

      Midfielders: Maghnes Akliouche, Joris Chotard, Desiré Doué, Manu Koné, Enzo Millot, Khephran Thuram, Lesley Ugochukwu, Warren Zaïre-Emery

      Attackers: Bradley Barcola, Arnaud Kalimuendo, Alexandre Lacazette, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Michael Olise, Mathys Tel


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      2024-06-03 14h28m by nlawson12
      So disappointed that Mbappe won't be playing for France in the upcoming Olympics. He expressed his desire to participate, but unfortunately wasn't included in the squad. Excited to see young talents like Lacazette, Mateta, Olise, Zaïre-Emery, and Tel representing the team though!
      2024-06-03 13h55m by l_10_brownfield
      Disappointed to see Mbappe not included in France's preliminary squad for Olympics 2024. But excited to see Lacazette, Mateta, Olise, Zaïre-Emery and Tel represent Les Bleus!
      2024-06-03 13h23m by sparkerfield
      Disappointed to see Mbappe missing out on the Olympic squad for France. Was really looking forward to seeing him on the big stage. Nevertheless, Lacazette, Mateta, Olise, Zaïre-Emery, and Tel make a strong team. Can't wait for
      2024-06-03 13h03m by edavidson
      Disappointed to see Mbappe not in the squad for Paris 2024. Was really looking forward to watching him play on the big stage. But excited to see Lacazette, Mateta, Olise, Zaïre-Emery, and Tel representing France!
      2024-06-03 12h44m by a_12_shawcross
      As a football fan, I'm content with the players chosen for France's Olympic squad. While I would've loved to see Mbappe, Lacazette, Mateta, Olise, Zaïre-Emery, and Tel are all fantastic options. Let's go Les Bleus!
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