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Nabil Fekir gets World Cup call-up from France

Published on 17 May 2018 at 8:00 PM
Lyon's captain made the cut for Russia 2018, joining a group of 23 players chosen by head coach Didier Deschamps.

After much expectation and speculation, Nabil Fekir was confirmed in France's 23-man squad for the World Cup as head coach Didier Deschamps made his roster announcement Thursday night.

A no-show at Euro 2016 due to injury, Lyon's captain and playmaker will participate in his first major tournament with Les Bleus in June. Since his first call-up in March 2015, Fekir has earned 10 caps, scoring one goal - against Belgium on June 7, 2015.

This latest call-up is the result of a brilliant 2017-18 season. With 23 goals and seven assists in all competitions, the 24-year-old midfielder has been a key factor in an OL team that can secure a Champions League berth this Saturday in the final match day of the Ligue 1 Conforama season.

Deschamps' list also includes several former Lyon players: Captain Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) and former Academy members Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona) and Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich). Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) and Anthony Martial (Manchester United) are on the standby list.