Manager of the French national team Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup making a number of notable omissions.
Both Manchester United ‘s Anthony Martial and Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette are amongst the names of players who will not be travelling with France to the World Cup this summer.
France’s World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)
Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
Martial and Lacazette’s names are joined by the likes of Dimitri Payet, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Adrien Rabiot and Aymeric Laporte not heading to Russia this summer.
Instead, Deschamps opted for the likes of Thauvin, Giroud, Lemar, N’Zonzi and Rami as the French go in search of just their second World title.
Back in 2016, both Premier League forwards Martial and Lacazette were hot names in France’s European Championship squad, however, following disappointing seasons, neither make the cut.
Whilst Lacazette began to hit form only towards the close of the 2017/2018 season, Martial has struggled under Jose Mourinho at United making just 18 league starts.
Martial and Lacazette don’t make the cut for the French World cup team pic.twitter.com/S7mId7Zgcm
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 17, 2018
Anthony Martial not going to Russia despite having a good season, statistics wise.
That’s probably that now. He needs to play regularly and if he can’t at Manchester United, he’ll be off.
Gutted to say the least.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) May 17, 2018
Martial to Mourinho now that he’s not going to the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/0ikezfpuUt
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) May 17, 2018
Benjamin Mendy, who has been injured all season, is in the list of the France national team for the World Cup. Martial is OUT.
It’s not about game time, it’s about desire, sacrifice, attitude and hard-working mentality.
I hope Martial learns the lesson.
— MourinhoMUFCfan (@MourinhoMUFCfan) May 17, 2018
So sad Lacazette won’t play the World Cup.
— Arsenal Related 🔥 (@ArsenalsRelated) May 17, 2018
France haven’t selected Lacazette or Martial!
Wow. Imagine how strong you’re squad is to not select those two! 😱
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) May 17, 2018