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France Boss: Why I Left Martial & Lacazette Out Of World Cup Squad

France Boss: Why I Left Antony Martial & Alexandre Lacazette Out Of 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 18, 2018 05:45 PM @KurtLaduma

France manager Didier Deschamps has explained why he snubbed Manchester United's Anthony Martial and Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette for the 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

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The Les Bleus boss announced his 23-man team on Thursday and has come in for some criticism after leaving Martial and Lacazette out of his plans for the tournament in Russia.

Deschamps has since explained that he felt they just did not do enough to deserve a place in his side and insisted he has many attackers who can all play in different positions.

"They were good against Germany, but the whole team were. And it's still a friendly match, even if it's Germany," he told the Daily Metro.

"I have had these two players in several situations, as starters and substitutes. I have a complete analysis based on what they have shown me and the role they could have in the squad at the World Cup. Alex was injured in March, Anthony was back.

"There is especially strong competition. I consider Giroud, Griezmann, Mbappe and Fekir as axial strikers, even if they can play in other positions.

"Just watch Mbappe's performance in this position against Russia recently. I think there is no point in accumulating multiple players in the same position."

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France's first game at Russia 2018 is against Australia on 16 June, while the other two teams in their group are Peru and Denmark.

Do you think Martial and Lacazette should have been named in France's squad? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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leendomint Joined: 11 Oct 2016
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leendomint May 21, 2018 02:29 PM
Benzema instead of Giroud
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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC May 19, 2018 03:24 PM
Martial is far much better than Giroud
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SiyaVToni Joined: 10 Oct 2010
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SiyaVToni May 19, 2018 01:16 AM
It's because of you Mourinho, now the young and very talented Martial is not at his best and lost a spot in the world cup squad
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fanist May 18, 2018 07:49 PM
Lecazette I truly feel for him.
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Ndlazitha May 18, 2018 07:30 PM
Deschamps is a flop he has a lot of mistakes even in Euros he cost France this time around it starting early with the his 23 man squad i mean Giroud like really.
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305majola May 18, 2018 06:46 PM
What did dembele do to deserve a call up? Martial contributed more in man United than dembele did in barca
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Yellow-Blue. May 18, 2018 06:46 PM
His down fall after world cup his out as Natinal team coach of France.
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 18, 2018 06:30 PM
They deserve to be in the squad!

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