Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

The main surprise of the French application was the absence of midfielder Marseille's Dimitri Payet, who due to injury didn't play the final match of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid (0:3).

"He was a serious candidate for the list", Deschamps said to reporters when asked about Payet as he unveiled his squad.

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. But as it is muscular, there is a significant risk of further issues.

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.

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His team-mate Florian Thauvin, who has excelled at Marseille after an unhappy spell at Newcastle, is in the squad.

Barcelona's left-back Lucas Digne is on the 11-strong reserve list, along with fellow defenders Kurt Zouma, Mathieu Debuchy and Mamadou Sakho.

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.

Chelsea stars N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester United ace Paul Pogba and Man City left-back Benjamin Mendy are all included. "Two years have passed, I've stuck with the players who responded to my trust".

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

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

However, Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, Arsenal striker Alexadre Lacazette and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot are all placed on standby along with eight other players.

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