France head coach Didier Deschamps has officially announced his squad on Thursday ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Former West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet – currently Olympique de Marseille – has been ruled out of the World Cup due to muscle injury problem.

The playmaker picked up an injury during Wednesday’s Europa League final, as he was substituted just in 32 minutes of the game.

Payet was a key figure in France’s run to the Euro 2016 final, which won by Portugal after beating Deschamps’side 1-0 in extra-time.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, who has been magnificent this season, was left out along with Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Asked about Payet’s omission, Deschamps replied: “He was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it’s usually three weeks of recovery.”

“And there is a risk of hurting yourself again with this kind of injury and I must give my final list to FIFA on June 4.”

France Full-World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris St Germain); Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur); Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid); Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St Germain); Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart); Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City); Djibril Sidibe (Monaco); Adil Rami (Olympique de Marseille); Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona); Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus); N’Golo Kante (Chelsea); Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla); Paul Pogba (Manchester United); Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea); Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid); Kylian Mbappe (Paris St Germain); Thomas Lemar (Monaco); Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais); Florian Thauvin (Olympique de Marseille); Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona).

Deschamps has also named 8 standby players who are considered as reserves that could be included in the squad not later than 4 June.


Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla); Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich); Benoît Costil (Bordeaux); Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Étienne); Lucas Digne (Barcelona); Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal); Anthony Martial (Manchester United; Adrien Rabiot (PSG); Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace); Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham); Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

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