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Gignac to be included in French Olympic squad this summer

The Tigres UANL striker will be one of the players above the age of 23 to be included in the final roster of the French national team that will play in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Gignac to be included in French Olympic squad this summer

André-Pierre Gignac is set to leave Tigres UANL's pre-season to join the French Olympic team that will be participating in Tokyo next month. According to the president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, the veteran striker will be one of the players above the age of 23 that will play in the tournament this summer.

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Le Graët also confirmed that Florian Thauvin, who arrived at Tigres a few weeks ago, will also be included in the final roster of the France national team. This will be France's first participation in the Olympics since 1996 and they are having a hard time calling players up for this tournament since clubs are not obligated to release them since it is not a FIFA event.

Yes, Gignac is official,” Le Graët told Agency. “The Thauvin thing is new because we have obtained the approval of FIFA and the IOC to take into consideration players beyond the 50 pre-list delivered.

“The authorization has arrived, now it's up to Sylvian Ripoll [technical director of France] to call Thauvin and agree with him,” he added. The last time Gignac played for the France national team was during UEFA Euro 2016, where he played six of their seven games.