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Benzema, Martial, Payet left off France World Cup squad

18 May 2018, 06:17 | Charlene Valdez

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

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

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette have been left out of the France squad for this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

With English football fans continuing to bicker over Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad, France have now announced their team for this summer's tournament.

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The main surprise of the French application was the absence of midfielder Marseille's Dimitri Payet, who due to injury didn't play the final match of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid (0:3).

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.

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

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.


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

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.

"Two years have passed".

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's worldwide exile goes on - he has not played for France since October 2015 after being accused of involvement in a blackmail affair involving a sextape.

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla). "I have put my faith in players who have responded to that, and the squad comes before everything else", Deschamps said.



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