A France Starting XI That Didn’t Make Their World Cup Squad


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England’s Head Coach Gareth Southgate must be casting his eye enviously towards the vast array of riches that Didier Deschamps can include in his France squad for the World Cup. From Hugo Lloris to Paul Pogba and Anton Griezmann, there is quality everywhere you look and Deschamps could have arguably picked a very decent starting line-up from the players he decided to leave at home.

France are 13/2 to win the World Cup with Bet 365, even though the likes of Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette will miss the trip to the FIFA World Cup. Those omissions are a sign of their strength in depth and we’ve picked out an alternative starting XI from those who will miss the plane to Russia this summer…

France ‘Not At The World Cup’ Starting XI

Goalkeeper – There is no doubt that Hugo Lloris is the No.1 keeper for Deschamps but it is harsh that Benoit Costil misses out on selection after he kept nine clean sheets in Ligue 1 for Bordeaux last term.

The Back-Four – Full-back Lucas Digne has been on the Barcelona bench for much of this season and that undoubtedly cost him a chance of making the squad, while Mathieu Debuchy’s improved form for St Etienne since leaving Arsenal hasn’t been enough.

At the heart of the defence, Manchester City’s £57m signing, Aymeric Laporte, fails to make the cut after a tough season on the bench and Arsenal’s injury-prone Laurent Koscielny is also left at home.

Midfielders – In midfield, Dimitri Payet had hoped to be part of the squad following a fine campaign with Marseille but an injury picked up in Wednesday’s Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid ruled him out. Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko will stay at home, while it is surprising that Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabot won’t be seen in Russia. Tiemoue Bakayoko would have been hoping for a World Cup berth following a superb 2016/17 campaign with Monaco but his ill-fated move to Chelsea last summer has seen him suffer a dramatic fall from grace.

Forwards – Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette adapted well to life in England during 2018 but his return of three goals from 16 international appearances is disappointing. Anthony Martial might be ruing his decision to stay with Manchester United and he is also missing after spending much of this season on the sidelines after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho.

Posted: Friday, 18th May 2018

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