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Leicester ace Kante joins Man Utd young gun Martial, Arsenal pair in France squad

Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man France squad for this summer's European Championships.

Leicester City star N'Golo Kante has earned his first call-up for a major tournament following a stellar season with the Foxes which saw the East Midlands club crowned Premier League champions.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who debuted for Les Bleus in March, has joined Manchester United youngster Anthony Martial and Arsenal pair Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud in Deschamps' roster for Euro2016 which kicks off on June 10.

Other Premier League stars in the France squad include Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester City duo Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala, Crystal Palace star Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko and West Ham United ace Dimitri Payet.

Deschamps has also named an eight-man standby list which includes United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, Nice star Hatem Ben Arfa and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Hosts France are up against Romania, Switzerland and Albania in Group A of the competition with their first group stage match taking place in Paris against the Romanians on opening day.


France squad for Euro2016


Goalkeepers

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

Defenders

Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, ENG)
Christophe Jallet (Lyon)
Lucas Digne (Roma, ITA)
Patrice Evra (Juventus, ITA)
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, SPN)
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal, ENG)
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City, ENG)
Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona, SPN)

Midfielders

Lassana Diarra (Marseille)
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace, ENG)
N'Golo Kante (Leicester City, ENG)
Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Paul Pogba (Juventus, ITA)
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United, ENG)

Forwards

Anthony Martial (Manchester United, ENG)
Andre Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL, MEX)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham United, ENG)
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, ENG)
Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich, GER)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, SPN)

Standby

Alphonse Areola, Morgan Schneiderlin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Alexandre Lacazette, Kevin Gameiro, Adrien Rabiot, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti

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