France coach Deschamps explains World Cup rejection for Lacazette, Martial

Didier Deschamps announced his team live on French TV channel TF1 on Thursday night

Lacazette and Martial are both on a standby list of 11 players with United winger Martial having 18 caps and starting France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March.

France manager Didier Deschamps has dropped big-name players from the 23 man provisional squad World Cup squad for this summer's tournamentReal Madrid forward Karim Benzema, Manchester United star Anthony Martial, Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette despite missing much of the season, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy make the final cut.

"He was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it's usually three weeks of recovery", said Deschamps.

He went off injured in Marseille's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Les Bleus' squad includes the likes of Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, among many other talented players.

The France squad for the World Cup was confirmed on Twitter after the live TV announcement
The France squad for the World Cup was confirmed on Twitter after the live TV announcement

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

France open their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16 before facing Peru and Denmark in their remaining Group C fixtures.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's worldwide exile goes on - he has not played for France since October 2015 after being accused of involvement in a blackmail affair involving a sextape.

France have three warm-up games ahead of the World Cup - against the Republic of Ireland on May 28, Italy four days later and the United States on June 9.

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