FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 big names to miss out on France's 23-man squad
French football has witnessed a boom in the recent years with several new and exciting talents coming to the fore. This is directly proportional to France's performance in the recent tournaments.
From finishing at the bottom of the group in FIFA 2010 World Cup to marching all the way to the finals of the Euro 2016 on home soil, the resurgence of Les Blues has been unprecedented. So much so that now at the upcoming Russian showpiece, they are one of the favourites; arguably the first time they enter a World Cup with such a tag since 2006.
Given the raft of stellar names available at his disposal, manager Didier Deschamps was spoilt for choice in his selection of the squad. But had to whittle it down to only 23, which subsequently saw some of the big names being left behind. Here are top 5 such players:
#5 Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)
The embarrassment of attacking riches always meant there would be casualties, but Wissam Ben Yedder's is an unfortunate one. The Sevilla forward was in a good form this season, scoring 21 times in all competitions and also laying off another 3 assists.
Even if the Sevillistas as a team endured a turbulent campaign that saw them finish 7th in the league, the French striker was one of the few bright lights. His notable contributions include the brace at Old Trafford in the Champions League to put his side into the last 8 at the expense of Manchester United.
Despite all of that, Olivier Giroud got the nod over him, who had a less than impressive spell at Chelsea preceded by another below-par first-half with Arsenal. Just 12 goals for the season in 42 appearances and that was somehow convincing enough for Deschamps to get him on the place to Russia instead of Ben Yedder.