France's Payet misses out on World Cup, Lacazette omitted

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Coach Didier Deschamps also left Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette out of the squad for Russian Federation, while Manchester United's Anthony Martial also failed to make the cut.

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.

However, there was incredible competition for places in France's attacking squad and Deschamps has instead opted for Griezmann - a diminutive speedster - and Giroud - a tall target-man - to lead the line for France in Russian Federation.

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 has a thigh problem that will need at least three weeks to heal, a delay that prompted coach Didier Deschamps to omit the former West Ham player.

But he has also fallen victim to the number of attacking options available to Deschamps, who did call up Payet's Marseille team-mate Florian Thauvin along with Lyon captain Nabil Fekir. Le Blues start their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16, with Peru and Denmark the other teams in their group. Man City left back Benjamin Mendy recovered in time from a long-term knee injury to make the squad, but club teammate Aymeric Laporte was among the talented players who will not be making the trip to Russian Federation.

The squad: (Goalkeepers): Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola; (Defenders): Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane; (Midfielders): N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso; (Forwards): Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has a strained relationship with Deschamps and also missed Euro 2016, did not make the cut despite being regarded by many as the best French forward of his generation.


'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".

They will then take on Italy in Nice on June 1 and the United States on June 9.


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