Martial, Lacazette Miss Out On France World Cup Squad

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and his Arsenal counterpart Alexandre Lacazette have both been left out of France’s 23-man squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The two players were notable omissions from the list released by manager Didier Deschamps on Thursday.

Olympique Marseille winger Dmitri Payet is another notable omission though his participation was in doubt as a result of the injury he sustained during Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League (UEL) 3-0 final loss to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

Five Premier League players made the cut despite the absence of Martial and Lacazette.

The players include Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

France are in Group C alongside Australia, Peru and Denmark.

France Squad:

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

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

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

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)