Mbappé and Griezmann left off preliminary France Olympic team list

Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann were on Monday left off the preliminary list of 25 players called up by hosts France for the Olympic Games football tournament.

Both players had indicated their desire to participate in the Paris Games, but their Spanish clubs – Real Madrid where Mbappé, 25, is set to play next season and Atletico for 33-year-old Griezmann – have said they will not release them.

World Cup-winning forward and France captain Mbappé will lead France at Euro 2024 which runs from June 14 to July 14 in Germany.

"I have to give a fairly realistic list, even if I know that it is virtual," said France Olympic football coach Thierry Henry, before adding that he was "still hoping" to be able to call upon Mbappé during the Olympic tournament.

"Everything is open for everyone, but we must give a list so that everyone can prepare. But we are not closing the door to anyone."

Paris Saint-Germain duo Warren Zaire-Emery and Bradley Barcola and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette were named in the preliminary list.

(AFP)


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