France boss Deschamps explains Lacazette, Martial exclusion

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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. They will kick start their campaign against Australia in Kazan on June 16.

Lacazatte was impressed in a 2-2 score draw against Germany in last November friendlies while Martial won 18 caps and started France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March and Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has also been omitted.

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

Their defence is also strong, with the likes of Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy and Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti - not to mention ironman midfielder N'golo Kante from Chelsea, who has incredible energy, ball-winning abilities and skills at stopping attacks before they reach the last third.

You can't count on the French making those kinds of errors too often, however - Les Bleus bounced back from the loss, earning 10 out of a possible 12 points in their last four games to secure qualification.

However, Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette has to settle for a place as one of 11 players on a standby list, who could be called up in the event of injuries.

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There is no such hope for Payet, however.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has a strained relationship with Deschamps and also missed Euro 2016, did not make the cut despite being regarded by many as the best French forward of his generation.

"Steven has technical skills and an imposing height, he plays in the same fashion as N'golo Kante", Deschamps said.

"Like every time, some players will play, others will not play at all".

Martial's absence was somewhat less surprising, having fallen out of favour under Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in recent weeks and picking up a knee injury ahead of the FA Cup final.

Although Mbappe has largely played off the left wing for PSG this season, and Fekir plays a deeper more central attacking midfield role for Lyon, Deschamps is of the belief that both are more capable options as strikers than Lacazette or Martial. "He played the first half-hour of the Europa League final and his situation worsened".

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