Deschamps drops big names in 23 man provisional WC squad

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/05/2018

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France manager Didier Deschamps has dropped big-name players from the 23 man provisional squad World Cup squad for this summer’s tournament

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, Manchester United star Anthony Martial, Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette despite missing much of the season, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy make the final cut.

Benzema was overlooked why Red Devils winger has struggled for playing time under Jose Mourinho since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January but Lacazette has been in excellent form for the Gunners since returning from injury, though Deschamps has opted to pick his former teammate Olivier Giroud instead.

Stand-by list Martial and Lacazette leads the way which includes Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Benoit Costil, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Adrien Rabiot, Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko and Kurt Zouma.

Les Bleus were drawn alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C, and are the heavy favourites to advance to the knockout stages.

France's 23-man World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG)

Defenders: Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)

Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)