Didier Deschamps explains Lacazette and Martial omissions from France World Cup squad

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Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial were snubbed as Didier Deschamps named his 23-man France squad.

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

"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.

Payet has been in impressive form with Marseille.

Kante, recently named Chelsea's Player of the Year, will head to Russian Federation hoping to help his nation lift the World Cup two decades on from their maiden and to date only triumph in the competition.

Most of the squad were expected to be selected.

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Despite just two appearances with Les Bleus, Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi took up one spot in midfield ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot.

Mendy only returned to competition in April with Manchester City but his influence on the left flank is such that Deschamps was not even tempted to overlook the former Monaco left back.

Reserve list: Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) Benoit Costil (Bordeaux), Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Etienne), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Kurt Zouma (Stoke City - on loan from Chelsea).

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is left out completely as well as the injured Arsenal defender Lauren Koscielny.

Deschamps has plenty of talent to choose from in attack and opted for Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante and striker Olivier Giroud, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are the other England-based players in the 23-man squad.

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