World Cup squad France says no to Payet

Ruben Holloway
May 18, 2018

"He was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it's usually three weeks of recovery", Deschamps said.

Payet, the former West Ham midfielder now at Marseille, will miss this summer's tournament in Russian Federation after aggravating a muscle injury during his side's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud does make the final 23-man squad along with Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar, Antoine Griezmann and Florian Thauvin.

Another striker, Payet's team-mate Florian Thauvin, who has excelled in the south of France after an unhappy spell at Newcastle, will also go to Russian Federation.

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

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The former Monaco man posted an emotional message on his Instagram along with images of the moment he suffered a torn knee ligament and a recent French team lining up with the message: 'It always seems impossible until it's done'.

Antoine Griezmann will lead the attack, fresh from scoring twice for Atletico in the Europa League final.

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

Both Premier League players were included on an 11-strong standby list for this summer's tournament in Russian Federation despite the Gunners summer signing scoring eight times in his last 10 appearances after returning from injury.

The squad, without injured centre back Laurent Koscielny, lacks experience, with an average age of 26 and only nine players from the group who reached the Euro 2016 final.

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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. "They were good against Germany, but the whole team were".

Deschamps had an embarrassment of riches to choose from in the forward positions and found no room for the two Premier League stars, who have struggled with form and fitness at times this season.

The obvious stumbling block would be United's refusal to sell to a rival or Martial's desire to leave Old Trafford, though the latter now could be enhanced following his absence from France's World Cup squad.

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

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