France boss Didier Deschamps admits Alexandre Lacazette and Wissam Ben Yedder will be upset after he chose to deny them a deserved call-up.
The 50-year-old announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming international break this month, which saw Manchester United’s Anthony Martial being awarded a recall after nearly a whole year out of the team.
A notable absentee is Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League win over Lyon at Camp Nou.
Despite naming six forwards in his team, however, Deschamps made the hard call to not elect either Alexandre Lacazette or Wissam Ben Yedder for this month.
The pair have enjoyed solid campaigns at their respective clubs with Lacazette successfully overcoming his struggles of last season to form a solid partnership up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal this term.
The 27-year-old has managed an impressive 14 goals and 11 assists in 37 appearances for Arsenal this season.
Meanwhile, Ben Yedder continues to shine at Sevilla on the back of 26 goals in 42 games this term as the Andalusian club chase a return to the Champions League.
However, Deschamps chose to elect Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud instead due to his physicality despite his struggles for form and game time at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t think they will be happy today,” said Deschamps, according to Fox Sports.
“They are doing a lot of very good things, but I have to make choices. They are both closer in style to each other than Giroud.
“They would deserve the call-up. They just need to keep doing what they are doing.”
On the other hand, the former Juventus manager is happy to welcome back a fully fit Martial after he was forced to pull out of the previous international break due to injury.
“He has always been part of this French group,” he explained.
“Sometimes he has been taken, sometimes he hasn’t. He had some slight fitness concerns, but when he is in full control of his ability in beating players, he has all the attacking qualities required.”
France will first take a trip to Moldova in Chisinau on March 22 before playing host to Iceland in Paris three days later.