Martial, Lacazette Left Out Of France Squad


Olympique de Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has been ruled out of the World Cup because of injury, France's coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday when he named his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russian Federation.

France's 23 man squad for Russian Federation includes Giroud, who moved to Chelsea in January after being warned his World Cup place was in doubt if he remained on the Gunners' bench.

Other notable names in Deschamps' final 23 include Real Madrid's top notch defender Rafael Varane, former Blackbun Rovers and Stoke City player Stephen Nzonzi and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal also misses out after scoring 17 goals in his first season in England.

Back on defensive line, left-back Benjamin Mendy was called up although he featured in few games for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

"It always seems impossible until it's done", wrote Mendy on Twitter.

The France squad for the World Cup was confirmed on Twitter after the live TV announcement
The France squad for the World Cup was confirmed on Twitter after the live TV announcement

Without Payet, who played a key role at the 2016 Euro, France still can count on a group of attacking talents up front, spearheaded by Atletico star Antoine Griezmann.

Deschamps has a wealth of attacking options despite the omissions of Lacazette and Martial, with Chelsea's Olivier Giroud competing with the likes of Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele for selection in Russian Federation.

Lacazette and Martial are both on a standby list of 11 players with United winger Martial having 18 caps and starting France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March.

As expected, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is not in the squad after being snubbed since being involved in a sex tape-blackmail scandal in 2015.

For an exit in the playoffs of the world Cup team France, being one of the main favorites of the tournament, will compete with Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Prior to their departure for Russia, France will take on Ireland, Italy and the United States in friendlies.

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