Manchester United and Arsenal forwards excluded from France’s World Cup squad

Manchester United and Arsenal forwards excluded from France’s World Cup squad

Antoine Griezmann scores for France

Manchester United and Arsenal forwards excluded from France’s World Cup squad

Manager of the French national team Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup making a number of notable omissions.

Both Manchester United ‘s Anthony Martial and Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette are amongst the names of players who will not be travelling with France to the World Cup this summer.

France’s World Cup squad

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 28: Didier Deschamps, coach of France smiles during the International Friendly match between France and Spain at Stade de France on March 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)

Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembele (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

Notable absentees

Anthony Martial celebrates Man United winner at Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on January 20, 2018 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Martial and Lacazette’s names are joined by the likes of Dimitri Payet, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Adrien Rabiot and Aymeric Laporte not heading to Russia this summer.

Instead, Deschamps opted for the likes of Thauvin, Giroud, Lemar, N’Zonzi and Rami as the French go in search of just their second World title.

Back in 2016, both Premier League forwards Martial and Lacazette were hot names in France’s European Championship squad, however, following disappointing seasons, neither make the cut.

Whilst Lacazette began to hit form only towards the close of the 2017/2018 season, Martial has struggled under Jose Mourinho at United making just 18 league starts.

Martial excluded

Lacazette Out

Soccer News

via 101 Great Goals

May 17, 2018 at 01:10PM


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