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 Russia.
While Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann headlined France’s 2018 World Cup squad, Martial, Lacazette were named on Didier Deschamps’ standby list, failing to make a 23-man squad that includes Olivier Giroud among seven forward options.
Also on the standby list are Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko and Kurt Zouma.
Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet also misses out.
The former West Ham player, 31, went off injured during the Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, although he was also not included in manager’s previous squad.
Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is one of five Premier League players included, having only returned to action in April after nearly seven months out with a knee injury.
“It’s always difficult. I was confronted with choices between a lot of players with a lot of quality. I know I can’t make all the players happy,” Deschamps said before announcing his 23-man squad on national television.
“Just as I did two and four years ago, I have made a list of 23 players for a major tournament to build a group that is best-suited to go as far as possible. There are some players who won’t play much or not at all, but they will be active, they’ll be important for the squad too.”
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