Deschamps drops big names in 23 man provisional WC squad

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France must cope without in-form Dimitri Payet at the World Cup after the forward was ruled out of due to injury on Thursday (May 17) and Alexandre Lacazette was omitted from the squad.

Unveiling his squad on French TV, Deschamps said he had no choice but to leave out Payet.

Payet finally missed out his chance of shining in Russian Federation, as Deschamps feared a risk of relapse of the injury despite a three-week recovery.

The 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, whose stunning performance over the past two seasons has drawn much attention from the world, is set to welcome his World Cup debut in Russian Federation, while Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette had to settle in the standby list in case of injury of 23 chosen members. They then face Peru five days later before their final group fixture with Denmark on June 26. The biggest surprise came with the inclusion of Sevilla's holding midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who was preferred to Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot.

In defence, Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy were included after recovering from injuries.

Deschamps also named 11 reserves who won't be joining France's training camp next week but could be called up in case of injury.

Its having the final composition of the team has not found Arsenal forward Alexander Lacazette, winger "Manchester United" Anthony Martial and forward "real" Karim Benzema, whose long-standing conflict with the head coach of the team.

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

Deschamps has a wealth of attacking options despite the omissions of Lacazette and Martial, with Chelsea's Olivier Giroud competing with the likes of Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele for selection in Russian Federation.

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