Pogba, Giroud, Griezmann In France's World Cup Squad; Martial, Lacazette On Standby

Pogba, Giroud, Griezmann In France's World Cup Squad; Martial, Lacazette On Standby

Didier Deschamps is the latest national manager to name his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and the former World Cup victor has named Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in his mouth-watering list of players aiming to sparkle in next month's tournament.

Deschamps left the young duo out, despite being happy with the pair.

"Without his injury he would have been a serious candidate for the 23-man list", Deschamps said. He is the French league's top playmaker this season with 13 assists, and claimed three goals and seven assists in the Europa League, starring in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

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.

The 29-year-old Nzonzi has just two caps.

Mendy only returned to competition in April with Manchester City but his influence on the left flank is such that Deschamps was not even tempted to overlook the former Monaco left back.

The 11 standby players are Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Benoit Costil, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial, Adrien Rabiot, Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko and Kurt Zouma.

Les Bleus have a wealth of options up front, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Chelsea's Olivier Giroud named in the squad.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain).

Defence: Djibril Sidibe ("Monaco"), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart, Germany), Raphael Varane (real Madrid, Spain), Panel Kimpembe ("PSG"), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona, Spain), Lucas hernández (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester city, England).