Martial, Pogba and Mendy out of France’s key Nations League match

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

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have withdrawn from the France squad for the matches against Netherlands and Uruguay because of injury, the French Football Federation said on Monday.

Lacazette has been recalled to his national side after Anthony Martial dropped out due to injury.

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy has joined Lacazette in pulling out of France's concluding games of the year, with Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy recruited for his first senior global call-up. "Lacazette was omitted from the Deschamps" World Cup squad earlier this summer and many fans were left baffled after he again missed out on a spot for the last round of internationals in October despite his brilliant form for Arsenal.

Lacazette's last cap came in November 2017's draw to Germany and Sissoko has not featured in an worldwide game since the victory over Belarus last October.

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Lacazette meanwhile has so far collected 16 caps for France, scoring three goals.

'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 can win their Nations League group with a draw against Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday, with their friendly versus Uruguay in Paris four days later.

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