Martial, Payet, Lacazette & Coman out of France squad

Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette have missed out

He went off injured in Marseille's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

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).

Payet finally missed out his chance of shining in Russian Federation, as Deschamps feared a risk of relapse of the injury despite a three-week recovery.

Payet, the former West Ham midfielder now at Marseille, will miss this summer's tournament in Russian Federation after aggravating a muscle injury during his side's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

He has a thigh problem that will need at least three weeks to heal, a delay that prompted coach Didier Deschamps to omit the former West Ham player.

Another striker, Payet's team-mate Florian Thauvin, who has excelled in the south of France after an unhappy spell at Newcastle, will also go to Russian Federation.

Elsewhere, Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy was called up despite having hardly featured for Pep Guardiola's side since returning from a serious knee injury.

"I dreamed of participating in this World Cup like all the children who will watch this World Cup", said the 19-year-old Mbappe.

Sadio Mane headlines a strong-looking Senegal squad
Sadio Mane headlines a strong-looking Senegal squad

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.

"But now it's a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team".

The attacking duo were instead included on an 11-strong standby list for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Laurent Koscielny was another French player set to miss out on World Cup following his Achilles injury.

Karim Benzema is the other notable omission, but the Real Madrid man was never in contention to make the trip as he has effectively retired from worldwide football ever since his infamous "sex-tape scandal" broke.

"Two years have passed".

"I make decisions for the good of the France team". "I have put my faith in players who have responded to that, and the squad comes before everything else", Deschamps said.

Australia's most hard opponent at the upcoming World Cup, France, has named a provisional 23-man squad with several big names missing, but plenty of quality to challenge the Socceroos.

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