Premier League duo big omission from France's World Cup squad

18 May, 2018, 17:14 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Dimitri Payet

Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette and Dimitri Payet have all been left out of the France squad for the World Cup.

The 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, whose stunning performance over the past two seasons has drawn much attention from the world, is set to welcome his World Cup debut in Russian Federation, while Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette had to settle in the standby list in case of injury of 23 chosen members.

"Without his injury he would have been a serious candidate for the 23-man list", Deschamps said.

Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet was another big name to miss out. "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 said after revealing his squad live on television station TF1's evening news programme.

France boss Didier Deschamps has opted to select the likes of former Newcastle United flop Florian Thauvin in his place, therefore Martial can have every reason to feel aggrieved at his current situation.

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

Griezmann scored a brace in the Europa League final, and was unsurprisingly chosen for his favorable performance alongside with his striking partner Olivier Giroud.

Benjamin Mendy
Benjamin Mendy

The omission of Martial and Lacazette is an indication of the wealth of attacking options at Deschamps' disposal, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January, named in the squad.

Another notable exception is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has been frozen out of the squad since 2015 after his alleged role in blackmailing team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

The squad, without injured centre back Laurent Koscielny, lacks experience, with an average age of 26 and only nine players from the group who reached the Euro 2016 final.

"Two years have passed". "They were good against Germany, but the whole team were".

France are in Group C alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru and will open their campaign June 16 against the Kangaroos.

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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