Arsenal’s Pauline Peyraud-Magnin has been chosen by Corinne Diacre to be one of France’s three keepers in their 23-player squad that will try to emulate the men’s team that won the World Cup last summer.
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin will be France’s number 2 behind Sarah Bouhaddi, the Lyon goalkeeper who recently received her first cap.
Magnin as missed Arsenal’s title run-in after suffering a dislocated patella while on international duty but as we revealed earlier in the week she was expected to be fit in time for the FIFA tournament even if she didn’t make it back in time for Arsenal’s game against Manchester City.
The France squad has seen a few surprises with Kheira Hamraoui from Barcelona, Marie-Antoinette Katoto from PSG or Claire Lavogez from Bordeaux omitted from the squad.
The full squad is as follows
There are three keepers, eight defenders, six midfielders, and six forwards with every position doubled up.
The team could be lined up as follows:
Bouhaddi; Torrent, M’Bock, Renard, Majri; Henry, Bussaglia, Thiney; Cascarino, Gauvin, Le Sommer.
Peyraud-Magnin; Perisset, Tounkara, Debever, Karchaoui; Clemaron, Bilbault, Geyoro; Asseyi, Diani, Laurent
France are the World Cup hosts and will play South Korea, Norway and Nigeria in Group A and could meet the USA at the quarter-finals stage.