Pogba, Griezmann lead host France's Euro 2016 team

Thursday May 12th, 2016

France has selected the 23 players charged with winning this summer's Euro 2016 on home soil.

Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Dimitri Payet and Anthony Martial are on Didier Deschamps's squad, which opens Euro 2016 against Romania on June 10.

Leicester City star midfielder N'Golo Kante completes his mercurial ascent by securing a place on the team, while Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu will be among the defenders lining up ahead of Hugo Lloris in goal. 

Karim Benzema was not called, as expected, with Deschamps stating long ago he wouldn't be calling on the Real Madrid forward after his sex-tape blackmail case with Mathieu Valbuena.

Here is France's roster in full:

GOALKEEPERS: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

DEFENDERS: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Elaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

MIDFIELDERS: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), N'Golo Kante (Leicester City), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

FORWARDS: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

Injury alternates list are: Alphonse Areola (Villarreal); Hatem ben Arfa (Nice); Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla); Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon); Adrien Rabiot (PSG); Djibril Sidibe (Lille); Samuel Umtiti (Lyon). Lassana Diarra has already been replaced by Schneiderlin.

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