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AC Milan striker, Olivier Giroud, has been left out of the France squad.

Giroud has been omitted from the France squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia, Ukraine and Finland as Les Bleus gear up for their first games since their early Euro 2020 exit.

The striker, who joined AC Milan from Chelsea last month, makes way for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who is back after missing the European Championship through injury.

“I never had a radical position on any player. Olivier is still available, his situation has changed with his transfer to AC Milan where for now he has more playing time,” coach Didier Deschamps told a news conference on Thursday.

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“It’s a sporting choice of the moment in a competitive environment with the return of Anthony Martial.”

Deschamps said it did not mean Giroud’s international career was over.

“It doesn’t mean anything for the future. It’s my choice today. It’s up to Olivier to continue to perform. He is eligible.”


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