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Deschamps unveils France's squad for World Cup

Franck Fife, AFP | Head coach Didier Deschamps pictured on May 17 just prior to announcing his 23-man squad for the World Cup 2018 football tournament.

Olympique de Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has been ruled out of the World Cup because of injury, France's coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday when he named his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia.

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Payet suffered a muscle injury during Wednesday's Europa League final, which Marseille lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid.

"He was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it's usually three weeks of recovery," said Deschamps.

"And there is a risk of hurting yourself again with this kind of injury and I must give my final list to FIFA on June 4."

World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Alphone Areola (Paris St Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St Germain), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Adil Rami (Olympique de Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St Germain), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais), Florian Thauvin (Olympique de Marseille), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

(REUTERS)

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