France Unveils Loaded 23-Man World Cup Roster; Omits Martial, Lacazette

France coach Didier Deschamps

Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial were among the big-name players placed on a standby list in a France World Cup squad that includes Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and N'Golo Kante.

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.

"He was a serious candidate for the list", Deschamps said to reporters when asked about Payet as he unveiled his squad.

Payet limped off in Marseille's Europa League final loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and it's possible that altered his place on Deschamps's team.

He has a thigh problem that will need at least three weeks to heal, a delay that prompted coach Didier Deschamps to omit the former West Ham player.

Marseille forward Dimitri Payet (R) is comforted by a teammate after being defeated by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa League final at the Parc OL stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon on 16 May, 2018.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud does make the final 23-man squad along with Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar, Antoine Griezmann and Florian Thauvin.

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But he has also fallen victim to the number of attacking options available to Deschamps, who did call up Payet's Marseille team-mate Florian Thauvin along with Lyon captain Nabil Fekir.

This hypothetical "C Team" of French stars highlights just how hard a task the Socceroos have ahead of them, when Bert van Marwijk's men face them in Kazan on Saturday June 16th at 8pm (AEST).

Another player to miss out was Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who ruptured an Achilles tendon playing against Atletico in the Europa League semi-finals.

As expected, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is not in the squad after being snubbed since being involved in a sex tape-blackmail scandal in 2015.

'I have had these two players in several situations, as starters and substitutes. "They were good against Germany, but the whole team were".

"I have a complete analysis based on what they have shown me and the role they could have in the squad at the World Cup".

They will then take on Italy in Nice on June 1 and the United States on June 9.

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