Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sissoko and Lacazette to replace Pogba and Martial, packages

Sissoko and Lacazette to replace Pogba and Martial, packages

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has earned a long-awaited return to the France national team after a year out of the squad.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has returned to Clairefontaine after receiving a recall to France's worldwide squad. However, as the Arsenal striker was also unfit himself, the replacement has been changed to debutant Alassane Plea from Borussia Moenchengladbach, who finished a hat-trick in last weekend's Bundesliga victory over Werder Bremen.

That saw Borussia Monchengladbach forward Alassane Plea, 25, earn his first call-up, while Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, 23, also hopes to make his global debut after being called up in place of Mendy.

But only hours later he was heading back to Manchester after consulting national team doctor Frank Le Gall about a knock he picked up during training.

Anthony Martial was left out of the World Cup squad during the summer after a poor season for United last time around.

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However, the withdrawal of Lacazette extends his wait for an worldwide return, with his last outing for his country coming in a friendly against Germany last November.

"It is true that he is having a good early season where he is efficient and effective", said the Les Bleus boss.

'There is competition in this position and for the moment the players I selected for the World Cup, I continue to rely on them.

'This does not take away the credit for what he does.

France face Netherlands in the Nations League on Friday before a friendly match with Uruguay four days later.

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