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Road To Russia: Benzema, Payet and a plethora of huge names axed from France’s 23-man squad

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema

France coach Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 which gets underway next month in Russia. His squad includes a lot of talented players who can make a difference at the grandest stage of all but at the same time, there are quite a few big names who misses out.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette and Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman miss out on a chance to represent their country at the World Cup while Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba makes it to the squad for the mega-event.

Pogba and Griezmann
Pogba and Griezmann

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy who has been out most of the season due to injury was surprisingly named in the team by Deschamps. France, despite the exclusions, looks a frightening squad and are the favorites to qualify from their group which includes Australia, Denmark, and Peru.

Another notable absentee from the squad was PSG’s Adrien Rabiot who has been a constant for the French side this season. Anthony Martial of Manchester United also is among the players who were not picked along with Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko, Dimitri Payet and Lucas Digne.

Dimitri Payet
Dimitri Payet

France have a comparatively easy group from which they are expected to qualify as toppers. But the side which Didier Deschamps has named looks young but is filled with a lot of talent and can give the other heavyweights a run for their money for sure.

Here’s the full 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)
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud

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