Didier Deschamps explains Lacazette & Martial World Cup squad omissions

France team going through their paces during the March international break. Image PA

France team going through their paces during the March international break. Image PA

Head coach of France Didier Deschamps presented the final squad for the world Cup 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.

Dimitri Payet, who was injured as Marseille lost Wednesday's Europa League final to Atletico Madrid, is also a notable omission as is Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman.

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.

Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda will provide back-up for Hugo Lloris in goal, while Benjamin Mendy-who has made just three substitute appearances for Manchester City since September-was included among the defenders, who also included Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Presnel Kimpembe.

Chelsea stars N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester United ace Paul Pogba and Man City left-back Benjamin Mendy are all included.




"I dreamed of participating in this World Cup like all the children who will watch this World Cup", said the 19-year-old Mbappe.

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.

Deschamps has until June 4 before submitting his definitive squad list.

"Players have repaid my faith and I put the group above everything", Deschamps said.

Les Bleus were drawn alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C, and are the heavy favourites to advance to the knockout stages.

France have three warm-up games ahead of the World Cup - against the Republic of Ireland on May 28, Italy four days later and the United States on June 9.

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