FRANCE HAVE NAMED THEIR 23-MAN SQUAD FOR THE WORLD CUP.

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Didier Deschamp has named his squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Marseille’s midfielder Dimitri Payet has been omitted.

The 31-year old went off injured in Marseille’s Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Deschamps said: “He (Payet) was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it’s usually three weeks of recovery.

“And there is a risk of hurting yourself again with this kind of injury and I must give my final list to FIFA on June 4.”

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is not in the squad after being snubbed since being involved in a sex tape-blackmail scandal in 2015.

France squad in full
Goalkeepers: Alphone Areola (Paris St Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St Germain), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Adil Rami (Olympique de Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St Germain), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais), Florian Thauvin (Olympique de Marseille), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona).

Standby list: Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Benoit Costil (Bordeaux), Mathieu Debuchy (St Etienne), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Paris St Germain), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Kurt Zouma (Stoke).

 

France start their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16, with Peru and Denmark the other teams in their group.

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