Didier Deschamps is the latest national manager to name his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and the former World Cup victor has named Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe in his mouth-watering list of players aiming to sparkle in next month's tournament.
The former West Ham player, 31, went off injured during the Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, although he was also not included in manager Didier Deschamps' previous squad. Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal also misses out after scoring 17 goals in his first season in England.More news: BMW reveals first image of next-generation 'i' vehicle
With so much attacking talent available there were always going to be casualties and Deschamps has preferred Ligue 1 stars Florian Thauvin and Nabil Fekir over Martial and Lacazette, who both had underwhelming Premier League campaigns.
Payet finally missed out his chance of shining in Russian Federation, as Deschamps feared a risk of relapse of the injury despite a three-week recovery.
Deschamps has a wealth of attacking options despite the omissions of Lacazette and Martial, with Chelsea's Olivier Giroud competing with the likes of Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele for selection in Russian Federation.More news: House Speaker Paul Ryan moves to stop Republican revolt on immigration
"I make decisions for the good of the France team".
France are in Group C alongside Australia, Denmark and Peru with their opening game against the Socceroos on June 16th.More news: Eagles' White House visit reportedly happening next month