Didier Deschamps has named the 20-year-old defender in the squad following a lengthy injury, while also handing recalls to Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Mamadou SakhoFrance boss Didier Deschamps has recalled Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to the squad for the World Cup qualifier with Finland this month.
The 20-year-old made his first appearance since undergoing a knee operation in May against Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday but, despite the five-month absence, the former Marseille coach has included the youngster in his panel to face the Finns on October 15.
Newcastle United duo Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy have also been recalled, with the latter being absent from the international scene since March, while Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho also returns to the squad.
"Varane is back as well. I needed three players left-footed in central defense with Sakho and Abidal. I took Abidal because he is competitive again. It makes sense to resume his way into the team," Deschamps told reporters.
"Remy is effective again, his speed is interesting and he may play different offensive positions."
The 44-year-old refused to explain the inclusion of Karim Benzema, who has endured an indifferent season with Real Madrid thus far and has not found the net for 15 months at international level.
"Benzema? It is of no concern to you if I call him up or not."
Les Blues, who sit second behind Spain on goal difference in Group I, look certain to book their place in Brazil via play-off, with la Roja's remaining fixtures being home clashes with Belarus and Georgia.
However, while the 44-year-old admits that automatic qualification is out of his hands, the former Juventus boss believes he is permitted to dream of Vicente del Bosque's men slipping up.
He added: "Play-offs are not dependent on us. We'll see what awaits us. Dreaming is allowed, but..."
France's squad in full:
|Hugo Llloris||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Steve Mandanda||Olympique de Marseille|
|Patrice Evra||Manchester United|
|Raphael Varane||Real Madrid|
|Samir Nasri||Manchester City|
|Blaise Matuidi||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Yohan Cabaye||Newcastle United|
|Clement Grenier||Olympique Lyonnais|
|Moussa Sissoko||Newcastle United|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid|
|Franck Ribery||Bayern Munich|
|Dimitri Payet||Olympique de Marseille|
|Loic Remy||Newcastle United|
|Mathieu Valbuena||Olympique de Marseille|