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Payet left out of France World Cup squad, Mendy included

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Marseille star was left out of France's squad announced by Didier Deschamps, completing a miserable 24 hours for the playmaker.

The former West Ham United was forced off with a hamstring in the first half of Marseille's final defeat against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and that fitness doubt persuaded Deschamps to leave him out of the squad of 23.

"was a serious candidate for a place in the squad. He played the first half-hour (against Atletico), but he aggravated his injury, and the recovery time needed for that type of is three weeks," Deschamps said after revealing his squad live on television station TF1's evening programme.

"But as it is a muscle injury, there is a risk of a relapse." was one of France's stars at Euro 2016, when they reached the final as hosts before losing to

But he has also fallen victim to the number of attacking options available to Deschamps, who did call up Payet's Marseille team-mate along with Lyon

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

"It always seems impossible until it's done", wrote Mendy on

will lead the attack, fresh from scoring twice for Atletico in the final.

Key names such as Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, and young Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe all feature.

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

"But now it's a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team." However, Arsenal's has to settle for a place as one of 11 players on a standby list, who could be called up in the event of

Deschamps has until June 4 before submitting his definitive squad list. Another to miss out was Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, who ruptured an Achilles tendon playing against Atletico in the semi-finals.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema's international exile goes on -- he has not played for since October 2015 after being accused of involvement in a blackmail affair involving a sextape.

"Two years have passed. I have put my faith in players who have responded to that, and the squad comes before everything else," Deschamps said.

"I make decisions for the good of the team." open their campaign against in the Russian city of on June 16, before also taking on and in Group C.

Before heading to Russia, they will play three home friendlies, starting against the Republic of at the on May 28.

They will then take on in Nice on June 1 and the on June 9.

France squad: Goalkeepers: (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), (Paris Saint-Germain) Defenders: (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), (Manchester City/ENG), (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), (Monaco), (Barcelona/ESP), (Real Madrid/ESP) Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), (Juventus/ITA), (Sevilla/ESP), (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER) Forwards: (Barcelona/ESP), (Lyon), (Chelsea/ENG), (Atletico Madrid/ESP), (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), (Marseille).

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 10:05 IST
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