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Paul Pogba Named to France's Full 2018 World Cup Provisional Squad Roster

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Payet will be out due to a muscle injury while Lacazette was omitted from the squad

Didier Deschamps says he omitted both Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial from his France World Cup squad because he has too many striking options to choose from.

With English football fans continuing to bicker over Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad, France have now announced their team for this summer's tournament.

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The former West Ham United player was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half of Marseille's Europa League final defeat against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and that fitness doubt persuaded Deschamps to leave him out of the squad of 23.

Payet finally missed out his chance of shining in Russian Federation, as Deschamps feared a risk of relapse of the injury despite a three-week recovery.

Antoine Griezmann will lead the attack, fresh from scoring twice for Atletico in the Europa League final.

Giroud's Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante has also been included, while Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy and United midfielder Paul Pogba are the other England-based players in the party.

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"I dreamed of participating in this World Cup like all the children who will watch this World Cup", said the 19-year-old Mbappe.

Kante, recently named Chelsea's Player of the Year, will head to Russian Federation hoping to help his nation lift the World Cup two decades on from their maiden and to date only triumph in the competition.

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.

Les Bleus, who take on Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C, begin their training camp on May 23, with only Raphael Varane missing out on the start as he will play in the Champions League final for Real Madrid three days later.

"Two years have passed".

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