Griezmann and Pogba became part of France for the 2018 world Cup


The main surprise of the French application was the absence of midfielder Marseille's Dimitri Payet, who due to injury didn't play the final match of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid (0:3).

France manager Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup with some big names placed on standby.

Deschamps has plenty of talent to choose from in attack and opted for Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir and Thomas Lemar.

This hypothetical "C Team" of French stars highlights just how hard a task the Socceroos have ahead of them, when Bert van Marwijk's men face them in Kazan on Saturday June 16th at 8pm (AEST).

France's only loss in qualifying came at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden in June previous year, as the Swedes scored a late goal to beat the French 2-1.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain).

You can't count on the French making those kinds of errors too often, however - Les Bleus bounced back from the loss, earning 10 out of a possible 12 points in their last four games to secure qualification.

The 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, whose stunning performance over the past two seasons has drawn much attention from the world, is set to welcome his World Cup debut in Russian Federation, while Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette had to settle in the standby list in case of injury of 23 chosen members.

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There is no such hope for Payet, however.

"Without his injury he would have been a serious candidate for the 23-man list", Deschamps said.

"And there is a risk of hurting yourself again with this kind of injury and I must give my final list to Federation Internationale de Football Association on June 4".

Another notable exception is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has been frozen out of the squad since 2015 after his alleged role in blackmailing team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

"Steven has technical skills and an imposing height, he plays in the same fashion as N'golo Kante", Deschamps said.

Both players were left on the stand-by lift for this summer's tournament in Russian Federation, despite the Arsenal forward scoring eight times in his last 10 appearances after returning from injury.

Unveiling his squad on French TV, Deschamps said he had no choice but to leave out Payet.

He went off injured in Marseille's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.