France boss Didier Deschamps named his 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday. Deschamps has an abundance of talented players to choose from but decided to omit Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette from his squad for Russia 2018.
The decision will have come as a slight surprise for the former Lyon striker after he played in France’s November friendlies, scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw with world champions Germany.
French boss has a lot of attacking talent at his disposal
Deschamps admitted his omission was due to the sheer number of attacking players available to him. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Nabil Fekir were all named in that 23-man squad.
The likes of Anthony Martial, Karim Benzema and Dmitri Payet also missed out on the squad. Lacazette was a victim of the French just having too many talented players.
Not always a regular in 2018
One of the main reasons that Alexandre Lacazette missed out on the squad must have been the fact that he did not play regularly enough for Arsenal. Between the January arrival of the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and injury, Lacazette just did not play enough football.
Deschamps actually pointed to Lacazette’s injury as part of the reason he was not selected, apart from his vast attacking options.
Lacazette has never seemed Deschamps cup of tea, though. Earlier in the season, the former Lyon striker was first-choice at Arsenal ahead of Olivier Giroud, who joined Chelsea in January.
However, Deschamps always seemed to favour Giroud when picking his first choice striker. It seems strange at the time, as Lacazette’s presence and signing of Aubameyang led to Giroud’s Arsenal exit, as he was surplus to requirements in north London.
France are potential World Cup winners
Even without the attacking talents of Lacazette, France are still odds of 13/2 to win the World Cup this summer. No doubt, Les Bleus are potential World Cup winners, due to the sheer quality in their squad. The fact that Lacazette has been omitted from the squad shows you the quality that Deschamps has at his disposal.
At least it means that Lacazette will now have time to rest and recover in time for the new Premier League campaign. Although, I am sure the former Lyon forward would much prefer to be in Russia with his compatriots this summer. Unfortunately, he is not needed by France, which is a major shame for the forward.
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