Omissions Reveal France World Cup Squad Depth

Reuters

 

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Didier Deschamps has left Premier League stars Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette out of France's squad for the World Cup, with Dimitri Payet, Adrien Rabiot and Kingsley Coman also omitted.

Bayern Munich winger Coman is on the reserves list, along with Rabiot, Martial and Lacazette, but Payet is out entirely after the Marseille captain was injured in Thursday's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid in Lyon.

Laurent Koscielny is another big name absent due to injury, while Steven N'Zonzi, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are among the surprise selections made by Deschamps.

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.

 

The full squad:

Goalkeepers : Lloris, Mandanda, Areola

Defenders : Varane, Umtiti, Kimpembe, Rami, Hernandez, Mendy, Pavard, Sidibé

Midfielders : Matuidi, Kanté, Pogba, Tolisso, N'Zonzi

Forwards : Griezmann, Mbappé, Dembélé, Fekir, Lemar, Giroud, Thauvin

Reserves : Ben Yedder, Coman, Costil, Zouma, Rabiot, Sakho, Martial, Debuchy.