Even though he was born in Paris, France, the 27-year old midfielder was approached by Mali ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations having not played for France in any of their age group teams. In January 2016 he once again denied to play for the African nation, soon after which he made his debut for the national and ever since he has been Frances anchor in midfield.
After a prolific season with Borrusia Dortmund he became one of the most exciting prospects of the modern game. At just t the age of 21, he has made 11 appearances since 2016. He has represented the French national team even though his mother is of Mauritanian and Senegalese descent, while his father is from Mali.
The midfielder who currently plays for Manchester United and the French national team was born to Guinean parents. After spending 4 successful years at Juventus, he has proved that he can be one of the top European midfielders. Pogba has continued to play for the French national team since 2013 even though his two elder twin- brothers have represented the Guinean national team.
Kylian Mbappé Lottin
Mbappé at the age of 19 is another member of Frances young squad that will be going to Russia this World Cup. He will be Frances first choice at the finals after impressing from the right¸ throughout the domestic season. His father Wilfried hails from Cameroon and, as well as being his agent, is a football coach, while his Algerian mother Fayza is a former handball player.
Umtiti was born and spent his first two years in the Cameroonian city of Yaoundé. The Fédération Camerounaise de Football and former international Roger Milla met his advisors in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to represent their team. He was uncapped at senior level when he made his debut for the French national team at Euro 2016. Ever since a move from Lyon to Barcelona he has been an in-demand defender at club level and an integral part of Frances traditional back four.
It’s fascinating how Blaise Matuidi could’ve played for either Angola or Belgium, but destiny brought him to France. The midfielder, who completes Frances midfield, playing alongside Pogba and Kante, has represented the French national team since 2010. In 2009, the Angola Federation returned for him while he was still a young hope of French football, moving to Saint-Etienne. Upon consultation with Claude Makelele, another French star of Congolese origin, he was convinced that his heart was set on representing the country of his birth, France, receiving first call-up soon after under, then manager Laurent Blanc.
Source- Wikipedia, FIFA official website
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