Lacazette back for France

Les Bleus
18/05/2017

Alexandre Lacazette's stunning Ligue 1 form has earned the Olympique Lyonnais forward a recall to the France squad for June's internationals.

Lacazette has not played for Les Bleus since October 2015, but was named in Didier Deschamps' selection for the upcoming friendlies with Paraguay (2 June) and England (13 June) next month, which sandwich a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Sweden on 9 June.

"Alexandre has had a very good season with Lyon," said Deschamps of the OL striker who has scored 26 league goals this season. "I wanted to show to him, like some others, that he belongs to the France squad. It's up to him to take advantage of the playing time he gets."

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Lacazette is joined in the squad by Lyon team-mate's Christophe Jallet and Corentin Tolisso. Paris Saint-Germain are represented by Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot, while freshly-crowned Ligue 1 champions have full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibé, and forwards Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappé in the 26-man squad.

Olympique de Marseille duo Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin were also included, along with Stade Rennais goalkeeper Benoît Costil.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Areola, Costil, Lloris

Defenders: Digne, Jallet, Kimpembe, Koscielny, Mendy, Sidibé, Umtiti, Varane, Zouma

Midfielders: Kanté, Matuidi, Pogba, Rabiot, Sissoko, Tolisso

Forwards: Dembele, Giroud, Griezmann, Lacazette, Lemar, Mbappé, Payet, Thauvin

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