Lacazette & Martial left out of France World Cup squad

Payet misses the bus Mendy included

Payet misses the bus Mendy included

France manager Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup with some big names placed on standby.

However, Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette has to settle for a place as one of 11 players on a standby list, who could be called up in the event of injuries.

Payet finally missed out his chance of shining in Russian Federation, as Deschamps feared a risk of relapse of the injury despite a three-week recovery.

Payet suffered hamstring injury and had to be replaced in the first half of Wednesday's Europa League final, where Marseille lost to Atletico Madrid 3-0. "He played the first half-hour (against Atletico), but he aggravated his injury, and the recovery time needed for that type of injury is three weeks", Deschamps said after revealing his squad live on television station TF1's evening news programme.

His team-mate Florian Thauvin, who has excelled at Marseille after an unhappy spell at Newcastle, is in the squad. 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 omission of Martial and Lacazette is an indication of the wealth of attacking options at Deschamps' disposal, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January, named in the squad.

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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. It meets Peru five days later and closes the group stage against Denmark on June 26.

Marseille forward Dimitri Payet (R) is comforted by a teammate after being defeated by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa League final at the Parc OL stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon on 16 May, 2018.

Laurent Koscielny was another French player set to miss out on World Cup following his Achilles injury. "Two years have passed, I've stuck with the players who responded to my trust". "They were good against Germany, but the whole team were".

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.

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

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