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Didier Deschamps' 23-man French squad for the forthcoming World Cup includes the names of N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.

The squad was announced on Thursday evening via the France Twitter handle.

Dimitri Payet, who was injured as Marseille lost Wednesday's Europa League final to Atletico Madrid, is also a notable omission as is Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman.

His team-mate Florian Thauvin, who has excelled at Marseille after an unhappy spell at Newcastle, is in the squad.

Defence: Djibril Sidibe ("Monaco"), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart, Germany), Raphael Varane (real Madrid, Spain), Panel Kimpembe ("PSG"), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona, Spain), Lucas hernández (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester city, England).

"Just watch Mbappe's performance in this position against Russian Federation recently".

Kante, recently named Chelsea's Player of the Year, will head to Russian Federation hoping to help his nation lift the World Cup two decades on from their maiden and to date only triumph in the competition.

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France are without defender Laurent Koscielny, who suffered a major Achilles injury in Arsenal's Europa League semi-final against Atletico.

Thomas Lemar-who has scored just three times for Monaco this year-is more of a surprise after his drop-off in form.

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

"Players have repaid my faith and I put the group above everything", Deschamps said.

"I make decisions for the good of the France team".

France open their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16 before facing Peru and Denmark in their remaining Group C fixtures.

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

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