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Anthony Martial left out of France's World Cup squad but Man United midfielder Paul Pogba included

Martial is without a United goal in four months and won't feature for his country in Russia

Anthony Martial left out of France's World Cup squad but Man United midfielder Paul Pogba included

Martial is without a United goal in four months and won't feature for his country in Russia

18 May 2018 Friday 09:45
Anthony Martial left out of France's World Cup squad but Man United midfielder Paul Pogba included

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has been left out of France's squad for this summer's World Cup.

The 22-year-old former Monaco forward hasn't scored for club or country since January and has had to settle for a place on an 11-player stand-by list.

As expected Reds midfielder Paul Pogba, the only other French player in United's senior squad, is among the 23 players selected by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.

Martial has struggled at United since the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez and has been linked with a summer transfer away from the Old Trafford.

He was in line to start the Reds' final Premier League game of the season at home to Watford last weekend only for a knee injury to keep him out of the squad altogether.

After the match, United manager Jose Mourinho admitted Martial is a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

"He (Martial) is injured," Mourinho said. "He was injured, he was injured Friday training session, yesterday couldn't train. He had treatment in the morning at the training ground and he stayed away. I don't know [if he will be back for the final]."

Martial, however, appears to be in contention to feature at Wembley after he traveled to London with the squad on Wednesday.

Juventus are interested in signing Martial and have a bargaining chip in the form of left-back Alex Sandro, who Mourinho is keen to sign.

The Serie A champions have used talks over the Brazilian as an opportunity to step up their interest in Martial.

While a swap deal is unlikely, the Italian giants have made it clear they want United's out-of-favour forward.

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