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Martial, Lacazette and Payet miss out on France squad

18 May, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Didier Deschamps announced his team live on French TV channel TF1 on Thursday night

Didier Deschamps has left Premier League stars Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette out of France's squad for the World Cup, with Dimitri Payet, Adrien Rabiot and Kingsley Coman also omitted.

Yesterday evening, Didier Deschamps released a list of 23 players he will be taking with him to Russian Federation, with 11 others being held on a standby as back-up options if an injury occurs.

"He was a serious candidate for the list", Deschamps said to reporters when asked about Payet as he unveiled his squad.

Lacazatte was impressed in a 2-2 score draw against Germany in last November friendlies while Martial won 18 caps and started France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March and Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has also been omitted. "He played the first half-hour (against Atletico), but he aggravated his injury, and the recovery time needed for that type of injury is three weeks", Deschamps informed.

With so much attacking talent available there were always going to be casualties and Deschamps has preferred Ligue 1 stars Florian Thauvin and Nabil Fekir over Martial and Lacazette, who both had underwhelming Premier League campaigns.

France are among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer and should find easy passage into the knockout rounds after drawing Australia, Denmark and Peru in the group stages.

France features a top-heavy squad that includes Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele and a midfield stocked with the likes of N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

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

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

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny had already been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a ruptured Achilles.

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.

"I have had these two players in several situations, as starters and substitutes".

He explained: "They were good against Germany, but the whole team were".

"I have a complete analysis based on what they have shown me and the role they could have in the squad at the World Cup".

Before heading to Russian Federation, they will play three home friendlies, starting against the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France on May 28.

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