France manager Hervé Renard announces the France squad which will travel to Australia and New Zealand in July for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
France manager Hervé Renard has unveiled his preliminary list of 26 players for the forthcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The list contains a number of surprises and notable inclusions, including the return of Amandine Henry and the absence of a number of Paris Saint-Germain players.
Henry recently left Lyon to join Angel City in the United States – a team owned by Hollywood star Natalie Portman and former Tennis player Serena Williams. Consequently, Henry returns to the French national side for the first time in two years.
The return of the experienced midfielder to the national team no doubt strengthens the French midfield options at Renard’s disposal. However, the preliminary list does not include two key Paris Saint-Germain players, Kheira Hamraoui and Sandy Baltimore, who were not selected by Renard.
Training for the World Cup campaign begins on June 20, with Renard tasked with reducing the squad to 23 players by July 10. France will face Brazil, Panama and Jamaica in the group stage. Their first match is against Jamaica on the 23rd July at the Allianz Stadium, before facing Brazil on the 29th in Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium. This is before they face Panama in their final group fixture, returning to Sydney at the Allianz Stadium once more.
France’s 2023 World Cup squad in full
Mylène Chavas (Bordeaux), Constance Picaud (PSG), Solène Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus)
Wendie Renard (Lyon), Selma Bacha (Lyon), Estelle Cascarino (Manchester United), Elisa De Almeida (PSG), Sakina Karchaoui (PSG) Maëlle Lakrar (Montpellier), Eve Perisset (Chelsea), Aïssatou Tounkara (Manchester United)
Kenza Dali (Aston Villa), Laurina Fazer (Paris Saint-Germain), Grace Geyoro (PSG), Amandine Henry (Angel City), Oriane Jean-François (PSG), Léa Le Garrec (Fleury), Amel Majri (Lyon), Sandie Toletti (Real Madrid)
Viviane Asseyi (West Ham), Vicki Becho (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG), Naomie Feller (Real Madrid), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon), Clara Matéo (Paris FC)