Arsenal star William Saliba WON’T start for France at World Cup despite Raphael Varane concerns, says William Gallas
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 20, 2022 - 03:16AM
William Saliba has been an outstanding performer in the Premier League this term (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal star William Saliba will not start for France at the despite concerns over ’s , insists William Gallas.

Didier Deschamps’ champions are out in to defend their world title having emerged victorious at the last tournament in 2018.


Arsenal defender Saliba has been one of the outstanding performers in the Premier League this season, cementing his place at the heart of a Gunners defence that has underpinned the team’s ascent to the top of the table.

Saliba has already been capped seven times at senior level by France but former Gunner and fellow Frenchman Gallas has warned that he is still behind two players in France’s pecking order, even if Varane does not feature.

‘William Saliba has had a brilliant first half of the season, but I think it will be difficult for him to be a starter for France,’ Gallas told .

‘Even if Varane doesn’t play, I don’t think that Saliba would be Deschamps’ first choice to start.

There are ongoing concerns around Raphael Varane’s fitness (Picture: Getty)

‘You have [Ibrahima] Konate at Liverpool and [Dayot] Upamecano at [Bayern] Munich.

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‘If he does play and if he plays well, I don’t think it will make contract negotiations with Arsenal any more difficult.

‘I think he will stay with Arsenal. He is at the right club to take it to the next level for the next two to three years and he could become a Premier League champion.’

France are in Group D at the World Cup with their first match on Tuesday against Australia.

The champions then face Denmark on November 26 and Tunisia on November 30.

If they win their group as expected, France will face the runners-up from Group C in the last 16, likely to be Poland or Mexico.


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