Olivier Giroud retains France place with N'Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris among stars in squad

James Benge
Called up: Giroud will join the France squad for games against Luxembourg and Spain: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been named in the France squad despite the embarrassment of attacking riches available to Didier Deschamps.

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Chelsea target Moussa Dembele are among those to miss out on the squad for games against Luxembourg and France as several of the Monaco squad that have stunned Europe are included.

The 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe and full-back Benjamin Mendy are in line to win their first caps for the senior France side and have been joined by team-mates Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lemar.

Giroud has struggled for regular opportunities in Arsenal's starting lineup but has long been a favourite of Deschamps.

Arsene Wenger’s side also provide Laurent Koscielny whilst Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris are included in Deschamp’s 23.

There is no place for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, usually a regular in the squad but yet to prove his fitness after a knee injury.


Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris St Germain), Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Defenders: Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layin Kurzawa (PSG), Benjamin Mendy (Monaco), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon)

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Gameiro (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

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