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

18 May, 2018, 10:12 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • France's football team head coach Didier Deschamps addresses a press conference after taking part

Dimitri Payet was left out of France's 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday, a day after being injured during Marseille's Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid.

Olympique de Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has been ruled out of the World Cup because of injury, France's coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday when he named his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russian Federation.

France have been drawn in Group C along with Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Head coach of France Didier Deschamps presented the final squad for the world Cup in Russian Federation.

Martial will have to settle for a place in Deschamps' reserve list, along with Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette and Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman.

Of those 18 goals, Griezmann and Giroud scored four each; midfielder Paul Pogba, winger Thomas Lemar and forwards Kevin Gameiro and Payet (the latter two have not made the squad) scored twice each; and PSG young gun Mbappe and midfielder Blaise Matuidi grabbed one goal apiece.

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"He was a serious candidate for the list", Deschamps said to reporters when asked about Payet as he unveiled his squad.

Fans were surprised to see Olympique de Marseille man Florian Thauvin's name feature in the 23-man squad, but the 25-year-old has 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 alone and did play a crucial role in his side's run to the UEFA Europa League final as well.

Deschamps had a lavish collection of riches to select from in attack, with Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Nabil Fekir and Olivier Giroud representing a formidable and varied array of options for his forward line.

Other unlucky players included midfielders Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches, forward Nani and defender Eliseu. "Kylian is best centrally".

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy makes the cut, as does Chelsea duo N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud as well as Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

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