Pogba, Griezmann & Mbappe All Named In 23-Man Squad

Many surprises in France's 23-man WC squad

Payet suffered hamstring injury and had to be replaced in the first half of Wednesday's Europa League final, where Marseille lost to Atletico Madrid 3-0.

"Dimitri Payet was a serious candidate for a place in the squad".

Former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is included, with the Sevilla player having made two France appearances, while former Newcastle forward Florian Thauvin and ex-Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who are both now at Marseille, also make the cut.

Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is one of five Premier League players included, having only returned to action in April after almost seven months out with a knee injury.

"But now it's a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team".

Martial is also on the standby list along with Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko and Kurt Zouma.

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Deschamps has until June 4 before submitting his definitive squad list.

Giroud is not the only Chelsea player within Deschamps' squad as midfielder N'Golo Kante features in the 23-man squad, while potential Liverpool target Nabil Fekir is just another notable name in what looks a squad awash with talent in the business end of the field.

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

But before France venture to Russian Federation, they have three worldwide friendlies against Republic of Ireland, Italy and United States of America.

France have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup, meaning they will face Australia, Peru and Denmark.

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