The French Coach, Harve Renard has announced FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 France squad who are gonna represent their country in Australia and New Zealand and we take a look at the players who've made the cut and who didn't.
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France is 5th in FIFA Women's ranking and this is going to be their third consecutive Women's World Cup which shows how much the French National team has improved over the years. They've never won the World Cup but this time around they can certainly be a group of players who can compete well for the title under Herve Renard.
The French manager took his former project of being a Saudi Arabia coach to great heights with them defeating Argentina in 2022 Men's World Cup. And he's going to try to do the same thing with France's Women National football team. Their best attempt to win the World Cup was in 2011 where they finished fourth. They were knocked out in the quarter final stages in the last two World Cups and would like to redeem themselves this summer.
With Renard coming in as a manager, a number of players who had stepped down revolting against the board have made their return to the France Women's World Cup squad. One of those players is Wendie Renard. She's one of the best defenders in the women's game and is also one of the most decorated players ever in club level. With being back in the World Cup squad she would be eager to add the World Cup to her name.
Grace Geyoro, who's PSG's captain is also selected in the squad. If France is going to do well in the World Cup she's going to have o play to her best potential. The midfielder has been playing some fantastic football for her club side and would like to carry this form to the World Cup too in Australia and New Zealand.
Amandine Henry is also selected after being left out of the Euro 2022 squad by Corinne Diacre. She has been arguably one of the best french players of this generation and she has shown that almost regularly regularly for her club side, Angel City. She is one of Herve Renard's favourite picks and is an important player for the team.
Eugénie Le Sommer has also been recalled to the squad. The attacking midfielder has been performing well for her club side, Lyon and is expected to do well in the World Cup. It would be a nice opportunity for the 34-year-old to shine at, what probably be her last World Cup.
The responsibility for scoring goals would fell upon Kadidiatou Diani. The 28-year-old PSG striker is at her prime and is expected to do really well in the World Cup alongside Eugénie. This is going to be her third consecutive World Cup and she would like to make a difference with being in incredible form this season, scoring 23 goals in 26 appearances for PSG. She hasn't played in the Euro 2022 because of her ligament injury but is ready to shine for her country now.
Sandie Toletti, Kenza Dali and Anel Majri are also some of the players who are going to be crucial in France's World Cup campaign. The French would be full of energy in this World Cup as we've seen with all Herve Renard's previous teams and would also have a competitive edge in themselves.
Among the most notable absentees from the squad we have, Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Delphine Cascarino. Marie was the top performer in Euros but didn't make the cut this time due to her injuries. Delphine has also the same reason for not going to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. She has suffered a cruciate ligament injury and has not recovered yet.