France manager Didier Deschamps has attempted to explain his reasoning behind the omission of Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial from his World Cup squad.
Man Utd’s Martial and Arsenal’s Lacazette were left out of the 23-man squad named by Deschamps for the upcoming world cup next month in Russia. The Premier League duo were not the only big names missing, with Marseille’s Dimitri Payet and Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman also excluded.
However, Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Martial teammate Paul Pogba, Man City’s Benjamin Mendy and Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris have all been included.
The only consolation for Lacazette and Martial is that both are on the standby list of 11 players.
Deschamps has attempted to explain the reasoning behind his decision, stating:
“They were good against Germany (in November 2017), but that was only one match. That aside, they were a bit less (good),” he said.
“It is a total analysis regarding what they could have done in certain situations, and in terms of what role they might have had in the squad.
“I consider Giroud, Griezmann, Fékir and Mbappé as central attackers. Kylian and Antoine can play in other positions. Kylian is more central, that is where he is best.”
In other words, neither player has shown enough good form to be considered for the main squad, and in all fairness to Deschamps, that is hard to argue with.
There is still an outside chance that one of them will make the squad, but it is reliant on injuries, and even then it depends on what position is affected.
France will face Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.