Martial, Lacazette only on standby for impressive France WC squad

Injured Payet misses out on France's 23-man World Cup squad

Injured Payet misses out on France's 23-man World Cup squad

Lacazatte was impressed in a 2-2 score draw against Germany in last November friendlies while Martial won 18 caps and started France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March and Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has also been omitted.

France coach Didier Deschamps said Payet, who was in tears as he limped out of Wednesday night's game, would likely have made the squad had it not been for his injury, which made his selection too big a gamble.

With so much attacking talent available there were always going to be casualties and Deschamps has preferred Ligue 1 stars Florian Thauvin and Nabil Fekir over Martial and Lacazette, who both had underwhelming Premier League campaigns. Man City left back Benjamin Mendy recovered in time from a long-term knee injury to make the squad, but club teammate Aymeric Laporte was among the talented players who will not be making the trip to Russian Federation.

Deschamps has a wealth of attacking options despite the omissions of Lacazette and Martial, with Chelsea's Olivier Giroud competing with the likes of Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele for selection in Russian Federation.

"But now it's a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team".

Manchester United forward Martial, who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, and Arsenal striker Lacazette had to be content with a place on the standby list, having failed to make it into the 23-man group announced by the French Football Federation on Thursday.

Buffon Leaving Juventus After this Season
His farewell at global level might come on June 4, when Italy hosts a friendly against the Netherlands in Turin . And while Juventus are celebrating their seventh straight Serie A title, Buffon is thinking about the future.

Deschamps has until June 4 before submitting his definitive squad list.

Another notable exception is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has been frozen out of the squad since 2015 after his alleged role in blackmailing team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

Laurent Koscielny was another French player set to miss out on World Cup following his Achilles injury.

"I have had these two players in several situations, as starters and substitutes". "They were good against Germany, but the whole team were".

A number of Premier League stars have been dealt a crushing blow with the announcement of the France squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Prior to their departure for Russia, France will take on Ireland, Italy and the United States in friendlies.

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