France coach Deschamps explains World Cup rejection for Lacazette, Martial

Martial Payet Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Martial Payet Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Arsenal striker Lacazette, who scored 14 goals in 32 Premier League appearances this season, features in a list of 11 players on stand-by should one of the 23 men selected by Deschamps get injured before the coach hands his list to Federation Internationale de Football Association on June 4, 10 days before the start of the tournament in Russia.

Bayern Munich winger Coman is on the reserves list, along with Rabiot, Martial and Lacazette, but Payet is out entirely after the Marseille captain was injured in Thursday's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid in Lyon.

Payet has been in impressive form with Marseille.

"But as it is a muscle injury, there is a risk of a relapse".

The attacking duo were instead included on an 11-strong standby list for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Payet was one of France's stars at Euro 2016, when they reached the final as hosts before losing to Portugal.


"He played the first half-hour of the Europa League final and his situation worsened".

Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda will provide back-up for Hugo Lloris in goal, while Benjamin Mendy-who has made just three substitute appearances for Manchester City since September-was included among the defenders, who also included Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Presnel Kimpembe.

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.

For an exit in the playoffs of the world Cup team France, being one of the main favorites of the tournament, will compete with Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's global exile goes on - he has not played for France since October 2015 after being accused of involvement in a blackmail affair involving a sextape.

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

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