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Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial out of France squad, Florian Thauvin included

Lacazette, Martial out of France squad, Thauvin included

17/05/2018 at 18:26Updated 17/05/2018 at 19:33

Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial have been left out of the France squad for the World Cup but Florian Thauvin has been included in a strong group.

Both Lacazette and Martial have struggled for consistent form this season, or in the latter's case playing time, and they are the victims of an extremely strong attacking core.

France manager Didier Deschamps goes with Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe and Thauvin as his attackers.

There is no place for Thauvin's Marseille team-mate Dimitri Payet who has been ruled out with injury after going off injured in the Europa League final.

Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi gets a call-up as a reward for his fine form as Adrien Rabiot misses out.

There's no Clement Lenglet after Laurent Koscielny's injury as Adil Rami is selected as the fourth centre-back.

FRANCE WORLD CUP SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso

Attackers: Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin

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