All of the FIFA World Cup squads have been announced and 12 players from Paris Saint-Germain are set to appear at the tournament for six different countries.
What nations do PSG fans need to look out for to see their club favorites playing on international duty in the coming weeks? Here, we look at those dozen names and the chances of their countries in Russia.
What better or more obvious place to start than with France? Les Bleus were unlucky not to win the last major tournament they played at when hosting UEFA Euro 2016, but their side has evolved under Didier Deschamps since and his World Cup squad contains three PSG players.
Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and defender Presnel Kimpembe are in Russia to make up the numbers as there are established internationals well ahead of them in the pecking order, yet exciting forward Kylian Mbappé can certainly look forward to regular action. France is 13/2 to go one better than the Euros and lift the World Cup.
This tournament is about atonement for PSG’s Brazilian contingent. Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, and Neymar Jr. were all part of the Seleção roster that buckled big time under pressure as Brazil were hosts of the last World Cup.
Samba star Neymar missed their 7-1 semi-final demolition by the Germans through injury four years ago and has only recently returned to fitness after a broken foot. Brazil was the first side other than Russia to qualify for this edition of the World Cup and they are narrow 4/1 better favorites to win the tournament for the sixth time.
As with Areola above, don’t expect to see Kevin Trapp don the Germany jersey between the sticks as Joachim Löw can call on national and Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer (despite him missing most of the club season injured) and FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen. Meanwhile, PSG teammate Julian Draxler is one of many supremely talented midfielders Die Mannschaft has at their disposal.
Germany is the reigning champions, so they naturally feature among the FIFA World Cup 2018 tips offered by Betfair and are 9/2 chances to retain their global crown in Russia. Many of the faces in their ranks are familiar to regular watchers of European football, including Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, and Mesut Özil.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina has two PSG connections in their squad, too. Angel Di Maria is as much a part of the furniture in the national setup as La Albiceleste‘s talismanic captain and record goalscorer.
Giovani Lo Celso, meanwhile, is a fresh face to the international scene after being converted to a central midfielder while playing at the Parc des Princes. He’s definitely one for the future when the likes of Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia, and Éver Banega call time on playing for their country. Argentina just lost out to the Germans in extra-time at the last World Cup, so they can be backed to go one better in Russia at 10/1.
Right-back Thomas Meunier was signed by PSG off the back of a series of decent displays for Belgium on international duty at UEFA Euro 2016. Roberto Martínez has kept faith with him since taking over the Red Devils, who are 11/1 tournament chances at the World Cup because of their golden generation of players. Can they gel into a team though?
Edinson Cavani forms a formidable strike partnership for Uruguay with Barcelona marksman Luis Suárez. With such proven top talent up front, La Celeste is always going to be regarded as possible dark horses at any World Cup and so it proved in 2010 in South Africa when they made the semi-finals. In Russia, they are 25/1 to win the tournament.