France coach Didier Deschamps omits seven players from his Euro 2016 squad

Adrian Popa keeps track of Patrice Evra
Image: No place for Patrice Evra (R) in Didier Deschamps' latest France squad

France coach Didier Deschamps has named his first squad since reaching the European Championship final with left back Patrice Evra among several high-profile omissions.

Lyon duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir have been recalled to the 23-man squad for the friendly against Italy in Bari on Sept. 1 and a World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Borisov five days later.

Lille full back Sebastien Corchia could make his international debut alongside uncapped duo Djibril Sidibe and Alphonse Areola. Layvin Kurzawa and fit-again Raphael Varane have also been included.

Seven members of the Euro 2016 squad were left out. Captain Hugo Lloris and Kingsley Coman are injured while Bacary Sagna and Christophe Jallet also have fitness concerns.

Karim Benzema and Patrice Evra in action together for France
Image: Karim Benzema (L) remains in the international wilderness

Evra, Eliaquim Mangala and Morgan Schneiderlin have been dropped and there is no return to the squad for striker Karim Benzema.

"I need to start thinking about the World Cup in two years' time," said Deschamps on Thursday, when asked about Evra's omission. "I need to give playing time to younger players who can improve."

Paul Pogba warms up prior to kick-off at Old Trafford
Image: Deschamps expects Paul Pogba to relish first international appearance since Man Utd return

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could play his first international since becoming the world's most expensive player after leaving Juventus to return to Old Trafford for £89m.

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"Knowing him, it won't affect him, quite the opposite," Deschamps said.

France squad: Alphonse Areola (Paris St Germain), Benoit Costil (Stade Rennais), Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace), Sebastien Corchia (Lille), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris St Germain), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Djibril Sidibe (AS Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United), Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais), Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

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