Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema left out of France squad as Aymeric Laporte ends debate over international future with call-up to Didier Deschamps' side
Strikers Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema have been left out of France's 23-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Bulgaria and Holland.
Arsenal forward Giroud takes a break as he continues to recover from a slight toe problem, but Didier Deschamps has handed a first call-up to Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte after the Basque defender chose France over Spain in a debate over which country he should represent at senior level.
Laporte, who was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer, was born in France and has played for the country at junior level but moved to... read more
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