MORE SPORTS IN BRIEF Deschamps selects Rabiot, drops Martial, Gignac
PARIS, France (AP):
Adrien Rabiot could make his debut for France after coach Didier Deschamps picked the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder in his 23-man squad for a World Cup qualifier against Sweden and a friendly against the Cote d’Ivoire.
Anthony Martial and AndrePierre Gignac were notably missing from the squad announced yesterday. The forwards for Manchester United and Tigres in Mexico entered as substitutes in France’s 1-0 World Cup-qualifying win against the Netherlands on October 10.
Ousmane Dembele figured to be among Deschamps’ options in attack. The Borussia Dortmund forward made his debut for France against Italy in September.
With Rabiot offering defensive cover in midfield, Deschamps left out Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye. Rabiot was on a list of standby players for the European Championship last summer, but did not make the cut. He has been very consistent in PSG’s midfield.