MORE SPORTS IN BRIEF Deschamps se­lects Rabiot, drops Mar­tial, Gignac

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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.

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