France has again left out striker Olivier Giroud as coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday named his squad for next month's Nations League Final Four tournament in Italy.
The 35-year-old Giroud, France's second-top all-time scorer, has had more playing time since joining AC Milan from Chelsea but was not included in the squad for the second consecutive time after missing the World Cup qualifiers earlier this month.
However, Les Bleus, who face Belgium in the semi-finals next Thursday at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, welcome back defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, who feature with their Bayern Munich teammate Dayot Upamecano.
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Olympique de Marseille midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was called up as Chelsea's Ngolo Kante is missing after testing positive for COVID-19.
"There's a 10-day isolation period so he would not have been able to train and he was also just out of an injury layoff. It's best for him that he uses that period to recover his physical freshness," Deschamps told a news conference.
Keeper Steve Mandanda was omitted after losing his spot in the starting lineup at Marseille, with Benoit Costil coming in.
Hosts Italy faces Spain in the other semi-final on Wednesday.
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