France’s Deschamps selects Dembele, drops Manchester United’s Martial

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PARIS (AP) Adrien Rabiot could make his debut for France after coach Didier Deschamps included the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder in his 23-man squad for a World Cup qualifier against Sweden and a friendly against the Ivory Coast.

Anthony Martial and Andre-Pierre Gignac are notably missing from the team announced Thursday. 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 Oct. 10.

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Ousmane Dembele figures to be among Deschamps’ options in attack. The Borussia Dortmund forward made his debut for France against Italy in September.

With Rabiot, 21, offering defensive cover in midfield, Deschamps left out Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye.

France plays Sweden on Nov. 11 at the Stade de France and Ivory Coast on Nov. 15 in Lens.