France star refuses to be named on standby list for World Cup

Adrien Rabiot has refused to be named on France’s standby list for the World Cup.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder wasn’t selected in his nation’s 23-man squad for the finals, but was among the 11 reserve players including Premier League duo Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette.

But according to reports in France, Rabiot, who has been capped six times, emailed France boss Didier Deschamps to inform him that he wouldn’t be "able to follow the training programme".

The president of the France Football Federation, Noel le Graet, said the 23-year-old’s reaction was "very surprising" and that the midfielder has "made a bad decision".

He added: "Rabiot is a high-quality player and an endearing boy who has always behaved well in national selections where he has evolved.

"His disappointment does not allow him to give up and not to serve the France team.

"To be part of the collective of France, to be among the best French players, is a chance and a privilege in the career of a player.

"He made a bad decision. He penalises himself and sanctions himself alone."

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