Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Didier Deschamps is the latest national manager to name his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and the former World Cup victor has named Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in his mouth-watering list of players aiming to sparkle in next month's tournament.

And there is no place for Dimitri Payet, who limped out of Marseille's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid in tears last night.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette have been left out of the France squad for this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Lacazette and Martial are both on a standby list of 11 players with United winger Martial having 18 caps and starting France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March.

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.

Despite just two appearances with Les Bleus, Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi took up one spot in midfield ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris is one of three goalkeepers, while Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy is amongst the defenders despite missing most of the Premier League campaign through injury. Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane and Adil Rami will be in contention for the center-half position.

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

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

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But before France venture to Russian Federation, they have three worldwide friendlies against Republic of Ireland, Italy and United States of America.

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