Dimitri Payet left out of France squad, Benjamin Mendy included

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

Dimitri Payet left out of France squad, Benjamin Mendy included

Deschamps has a host of sparkling attacking talents within his squad, and there is a place for Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, but his former Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette, Manchester United's Anthony Martial and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema are not amongst the names featuring in the French squad, who will head to Russian Federation as one of the tournament favourites.

Arsenal striker Lacazette, who won six of his 13 France caps in 2017, has been named on Didier Deschamps' standby list, failing to make a 23-man squad that includes Olivier Giroud among seven forward options. Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal also misses out after scoring 17 goals in his first season in England.

"Without injury he was a serious contender to be in the 23", Deschamps told a press conference, as reported by L'Equipe.

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.

He went off injured in Marseille's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Chelsea stars N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester United ace Paul Pogba and Man City left-back Benjamin Mendy are all included.

With so much attacking talent available there were always going to be casualties and Deschamps has preferred Ligue 1 stars Florian Thauvin and Nabil Fekir over Martial and Lacazette, who both had underwhelming Premier League campaigns.

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

France are in Group C alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru with their opening game against the Socceroos on June 16th.

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

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