Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Alexandre Lacazette earns long-awaited France call-up

Anthony Martial has pulled out of France’s latest squad Anthony Martial has pulled out of France’s latest squad
Cary Erickson | 13 November, 2018, 21:50

Striker Alexandre Lacazette had originally replaced Martial but the Arsenal forward was unable to join the squad.

France have suffered injury blows ahead of their matches against the Netherlands and Uruguay, with midfielder Paul Pogba, forwards Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette, and defender Benjamin Mendy ruled out.

After discussions between the medical teams from Arsenal and France, the Mirror says it was agreed Lacazette would not link-up with the World Champions and would instead remain in north London to recover with Borussia Monchengladbach's Alassane Plea being called-up as a replacement.

Pogba (thigh) missed Manchester United's 3-1 loss to City on Sunday, during which team-mate Martial (hip) and Mendy (knee) picked up injuries.

Martial, who has been in fine form for United in recent weeks with seven goals in his last seven games, looked happy to be back having not played for his country since March.

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The Frenchman last played for Les Bleus in November 2017, when he scored a brace in a friendly against Germany, though he was rather surprisingly left out of subsequent squads - including the side that won the World Cup in Russian Federation.

And on Monday, another Man United player - Anthony Martial was sent back home from the national team training camp due to an injury.

Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko takes Pogba's place in Deschamps' squad.

World champions France visit the Netherlands in the Nations League on Friday before facing Uruguay in a friendly on November 20.