France's provisional World Cup roster released

Harry Engels

Didier Deschamps' provisional roster includes several familiar faces, and two notable exclusions.

Didier Deschamps released his initial 30-man roster ahead of this summer's World Cup, and while there are plenty of players you'd expect, two names are noticeably absent.

Manchester City teammates Gaël Clichy and Samir Nasri did not make the roster, with Nasri's attitude issues apparently led Deschamps to exclude him. Up-and-coming players Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Raphaël Varane will instead get a chance to help France try to improve on their disappointing performance in the 2010 World Cup.

France's attack looks to be strong with the likes of Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribéry on the roster, while the back line will be led by goalkeeper, and captain, Hugo Lloris.

Here's the complete roster:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mickaël Landreau (Bastia), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clément Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loïc Rémy (Queens Park Rangers), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)

Reserves: Stéphane Ruffier (Saint-Étienne), Loïc Perrin (Saint-Étienne), Benoît Trémoulinas (Saint-Étienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Rémy Cabella (Montpellier), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

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