Pogba, Giroud, Griezmann In France's World Cup Squad; Martial, Lacazette On Standby

Pogba, Giroud, Griezmann In France's World Cup Squad; Martial, Lacazette On Standby

However, this is also a major reason which has caused a selection headache for Deschamps - despite selecting a side who are more than capable of winning the World Cup.

Payet has been in impressive form with Marseille.

France are among the favourites to win the World Cup this summer and should find easy passage into the knockout rounds after drawing Australia, Denmark and Peru in the group stages. The biggest surprise came with the inclusion of Sevilla's holding midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who was preferred to Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot.

United boss Jose Mourinho, however, has ben reluctant to let the 22-year-old off the leash so to speak and over the course of the campaign he has made just 18 Premier League starts.

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.

Meanwhile, the French coach has shown a lot of faith in Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, picking the left back despite his spending the vast majority of the season on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Mendy only returned to competition in April with Manchester City but his influence on the left flank is such that Deschamps was not even tempted to overlook the former Monaco left back.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette were not included in the squad but are among the reserves.

In the heart of the defense, Marseille's Adil Rami took advantage of Laurent Koscielny's Achilles injury as he was included alongside regular starters Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane.

Deschamps will rely on a strike force of Antoine Griezmann, who scored twice in the Europa League final, Chelsea's Olivier Giroud and Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain).

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.

N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) and Paul Pogba (Manchester United) complete the Premier League contingent in the French squad, while Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) and Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham) were named on the reserve list.

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