Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud gets a call-up to the France national team squad ahead of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette after an impressive stint with Blues.
France national team coach Didier Deschamps excluded Lacazette along with Manchester United winger Anthony Martial and Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman.
Other major casualties include Marseille’s Dimitri Payet, Manchester City latest signing Aymeric Laporte. The Likes of Andre Pieree-Gignac and PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot all missed out of the squad.
🇫🇷 France players NOT selected for the 2018 World Cup squad:
❌ Karim Benzema
❌ Dimitri Payet
❌ Anthony Martial
❌ Alexandre Lacazette
❌ Wissam Ben Yedder
❌ Kingsley Coman
❌ Andre-Pierre Gignac
❌ Adrien Rabiot
❌ Aymeric Laporte
😳 Unbelievable squad depth. pic.twitter.com/ycX57E1GOo
— SPORF (@Sporf) May 17, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko was left out of the squad after his forgettable maiden season in England.
But his teammates N’Golo Kante and Giroud make the trip to Russia while Kurt Zouma, on loan at Stoke City was added to the reserve squad.
Giroud’s addition will be a good news for the Frenchman who has been Chelsea’s livewire since signing from Arsenal in January.
He has scored …… goals for the Blues since January and will count all of them as reasons why he gets on board the plane to Eastern Europe for the summer tournament.
Carlo and Sheva join Legends squad
Andriy Shevchenko and Carlo Cudicini are the final names added to the Chelsea Legends squad to face Inter Forever at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
The former Blues complete the line-up, which includes a selection of stars from our recent past who will face a strong Inter line-up tonight in memory of Ray Wilkins.
Shevchenko, who like Wilkins is an AC Milan legend having won the Ballon d’Or while at the San Siro, spent two years at the Bridge between 2006 and 2008 before returning to his former club on loan.
Cudicini came through the ranks at AC before enjoying a stellar Chelsea career. Now part of Antonio Conte’s backroom staff, he will share goalkeeping duties with his former team-mate and fellow coach Henrique Hilario, who will also be donning his gloves once more.
The full squads are as below, and remember tickets are available from the Stamford Bridge ticket office until 4 pm today!
A special commemorative programme for Friday night’s game between Chelsea Legends and Inter Forever will also be on sale this evening, raising money for charity.
The club has produced a special one-off publication packed full of exclusive content for the match.
The A4 programme will be on sale around the ground for £5, with a donation from each sale being made to the Chelsea Foundation.
In turn, the Foundation will make a donation to Chrohn’s & Colitis UK, the charity nominated by the Wilkins’ family.
There are exclusive interviews with Gianfranco Zola, Graeme Le Saux and Inter Forever forward Youri Djorkaeff, as well as a host of fascinating features.
These include a tribute to Wilkins, a focus on both Chelsea and Inter’s successful 1997/98 campaigns and a look back on the Football Italia days of the Nineties, including an interview with the presenter of the classic Channel 4 shows James Richardson.
Along with full profiles on the players from each side, and much more, this is the perfect souvenir of what is sure to be a memorable night at Stamford Bridge.