Ribery makes France World Cup squad

The Bayern Munich winger has been suffering with a back injury in recent weeks but Deschamps has chosen to include him in the squad that will travel to Brazil

Concerns over Franck Ribery’s fitness ahead of the World Cup have been partially allayed by the news that he has been included in Didier Deschamps’ final 23-man squad.

The Bayern Munich player has been a doubt because of a persistent back injury, which kept him out of Les Bleus friendly against Paraguay on Sunday, and has plagued his preparation for the summer showpiece.

However, Deschamps has chosen to include him in his final squad for the summer showpiece in Brazil as France prepare to face Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E.

While the winger is still not 100 per cent fit, he can be replaced at any time up to a day before their first match against Honduras on June 15.

As well as mainstays such as Ribery, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris and Laurent Koscielny, Deschamps has included youngsters Lucas Digne, Raphael Varane, Lucas Digne, Antoine Griezmann and Clement Grenier.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau, Hugo Lloris, Stephane Ruffier;

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane;

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Clement Grenier, Blaise Matuidi, Rio Antonio Mavuba, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Valbuena;

Forwards: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Loic Remy, Franck Ribery

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