Kante, Gignac make France squad for Euro 2016 as Schneiderlin misses out

Didier Deschamps has left Hatem Ben Arfa and Morgan Schneiderlin out of his France squad for Euro 2016.

Paul Pogba heads up France's 23-man squad for Euro 2016, with Nice star Hatem Ben Arfa and Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin the most notable absentees in Didier Deschamps' selection.

The France boss has opted to give Leicester City's N'Golo Kante the nod instead, while West Ham ace Dimitri Payet is also included.

Deschamps has also decided to leave out Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, with Tigres UANL's Andre-Pierre Gignac receiving an invitation.

Eliaquim Mangala and Jeremy Mathieu have made the cut in defense, while promising youngsters Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial have been included following their fine performances for Bayern Munich and Manchester United, respectively.

The France boss had previously revealed that Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema would not go to Euro 2016 after he was charged with complicity in an attempt to blackmail and participating in a criminal conspiracy as part of an investigation into a sex-tape plot involving international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Valbuena, meanwhile, has been snubbed following his underwhelming performances at the club level and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will miss out following a positive doping test.

France meets Albania, Switzerland and Romania in Group A, kicking off the tournament June 10.

 

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Benoit Costil (Rennes)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lass Diarra (Marseille), N'Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

Attackers: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United) Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

Standby: Alphonse Areola (Villarreal), Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice), Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), Djibril Sidibe (Lille), Samuel Umtiti (Lyon)