Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

3 players who should not be in France's 23-man squad

3 players who should not be in France's 23-man squad

Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial were among the big-name players placed on a standby list in a France World Cup squad that includes Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and N'Golo Kante.

Both Premier League players were included on an 11-strong standby list for this summer's tournament in Russian Federation despite the Gunners summer signing scoring eight times in his last 10 appearances after returning from injury.

"Dimitri Payet was a serious candidate for a place in the squad".

Lacazatte was impressed in a 2-2 score draw against Germany in last November friendlies while Martial won 18 caps and started France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March and Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has also been omitted.

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Fans were surprised to see Olympique de Marseille man Florian Thauvin's name feature in the 23-man squad, but the 25-year-old has 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 alone and did play a crucial role in his side's run to the UEFA Europa League final as well. "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 informed.

Deschamps has plenty of talent to choose from in attack and opted for Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar.

Les Bleus, who take on Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C, begin their training camp on May 23, with only Raphael Varane missing out on the start as he will play in the Champions League final for Real Madrid three days later.

Back on defensive line, left-back Benjamin Mendy was called up although he featured in few games for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

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The squad, without injured centre back Laurent Koscielny, lacks experience, with an average age of 26 and only nine players from the group who reached the Euro 2016 final.

Karim Benzema is the other notable omission, but the Real Madrid man was never in contention to make the trip as he has effectively retired from worldwide football ever since his infamous "sex-tape scandal" broke.

"I make decisions for the good of the France team".

'I have had these two players in several situations, as starters and substitutes.

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