Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

France coach Deschamps explains World Cup rejection for Lacazette, Martial

France coach Didier Deschamps France coach Didier Deschamps
Lucia Summers | 18 May, 2018, 06:18

Didier Deschamps says he omitted both Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial from his France World Cup squad because he has too many striking options to choose from.

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.

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

Elsewhere, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy was called up despite having hardly featured for Pep Guardiola's side since returning from a serious knee injury.

"But now it's a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team".

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.

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Without Payet, who played a key role at the 2016 Euro, France still can count on a group of attacking talents up front, spearheaded by Atletico star Antoine Griezmann.

"Two years have passed".

As expected, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is not in the squad after being snubbed since being involved in a sex tape-blackmail scandal in 2015. "I have put my faith in players who have responded to that, and the squad comes before everything else", Deschamps said.

Les Bleus were drawn alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C, and are the heavy favourites to advance to the knockout stages.

Prior to their departure for Russia, France will take on Ireland, Italy and the United States in friendlies.

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