#WorldCupWith360nobs: Martial, Lacazette Left Out Of France Squad

GETTYFrance manager Didier Deschamps has blamed poor form for Martial and Lacazette missing out

GETTYFrance manager Didier Deschamps has blamed poor form for Martial and Lacazette missing out

Payet suffered hamstring injury and had to be replaced in the first half of Wednesday's Europa League final, where Marseille lost to Atletico Madrid 3-0.

Elsewhere, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy was called up despite having hardly featured for Pep Guardiola's side since returning from a serious knee injury.

For any who haven't paid close attention to Ligue 1 this season, Florian Thauvin's inclusion ahead of Martial could raise some eyebrows, but the Marseille man has racked up 26 goals and 18 assists in all competitions this season to the United star's 11 and nine.

"It always seems impossible until it's done", wrote Mendy on Twitter.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante and striker Olivier Giroud, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are the other England-based players in the 23-man squad.

Griezmann scored a brace in the Europa League final, and was unsurprisingly chosen for his favorable performance alongside with his striking partner Olivier Giroud.

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"I dreamed of participating in this World Cup like all the children who will watch this World Cup", said the 19-year-old Mbappe.

Deschamps has a host of sparkling attacking talents within his squad, and there is a place for Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, but his former Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette, Manchester United's Anthony Martial and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema are not amongst the names featuring in the French squad, who will head to Russian Federation as one of the tournament favourites.

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

"I make decisions for the good of the France team".

France have been drawn in Group C this summer and begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16.

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

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