Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Injured Payet misses out on France's 23-man World Cup squad

France manager Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup with some big names placed on standby.

Australia face France in their World Cup opening fixture before taking on Peru and Denmark. "I have put my faith in players who have responded to that, and the squad comes before everything else", Deschamps said.

Deschamps will rely on a strike force of Antoine Griezmann, who scored twice in the Europa League final, Chelsea's Olivier Giroud and Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

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

Les Blues may have lost key players like Laurent Koscielny and the latest casualty Dimitri Payet to injury, but they have a large pool of players to select from and are equally considered as one of the tournament's favourite.

Giroud's Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante has also been included, while Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy, who has spent the majority of the season out injured with a cruciate ligament rupture, and United midfielder Paul Pogba are the other England-based players in the party.

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Lacazatte was impressed in a 2-2 score draw against Germany in last November friendlies while Martial won 18 caps and started France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March and Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has also been omitted. The midfielder left the pitch in tears after half an hour, and was later seen in tears again as Atletico lifted the trophy following a 3-0 win.

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.

But he has also fallen victim to the number of attacking options available to Deschamps, who did call up Payet's Marseille team-mate Florian Thauvin along with Lyon captain Nabil Fekir. Famous on these shores for his failed spell at Newcastle, Thauvin has flourished this term, scoring 22 goals and providing 11 assists in the league alone.

This hypothetical "C Team" of French stars highlights just how hard a task the Socceroos have ahead of them, when Bert van Marwijk's men face them in Kazan on Saturday June 16th at 8pm (AEST).

Defenders: Hernandez, Kimpembe, Mendy, Pavard, Rami, Sidibe, Umtiti, Varane.

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