Lacazette and Martial snubbed as Didier Deschamps names 23-man World Cup squad
Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial have been left out of France squad for World Cup as Didier Deschamps named his 23-man.
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.
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.
Real Madrid striker Benzema is sidelined by Deschamps, as he has been since before Euro 2016 over his alleged involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal.
France are without defender Laurent Koscielny, who suffered a major Achilles injury in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final against Atletico.
The squad contains a five-man contingent of Premier League players, with Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris expected to skipper the side.
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy makes the cut despite an injury-ravaged season, as do Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud plus Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Both Martial and Lacazette are named as two of 11 reserves – along with Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho, Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma and Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi gets a call-up as a reward for his fine form as Adrien Rabiot misses out.
France start their campaign against Australia in Kazan on the third day of the tournament before taking on Peru five days later.
Their final group clash comes on June 26 against Denmark.
France will be hoping to atone for their Euro 2016 final defeat against Portugal.
FRANCE WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG)
Defenders: Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphaël 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 Kanté (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)
Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)
Reserves: Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Benoît Costil, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial, Adrien Rabiot, Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko, Kurt Zouma.