On Tuesday night, French national team boss Didier Deschamps went on French TV to announce his squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Everyone knew he was going to pick 30 names for the upcoming friendlies, but it was unclear if he would leave it open or pick a 23-man squad with reserves.
In the hours building up to the announcement, the list of 30 names could have featured around 50 different players depending on what rumours you believe. Deschamps had previously said that there would be no real surprises, but the speculation continued right up until the former Marseille boss revealed his list.
Deschamps had decided to name a 23-man squad with seven names on the reserve list. There were no real names from left-field. The inclusion of Saint-Etienne’s Loic Perrin and Benoit Tremoulinas being the most obscure choices, but by no means the surprise that people had been predicting.
The day before, Belgian boss Marc Wilmots had included uncapped Lille striker, Divock Origi, in his 23-man squad, there were no shocks to that level, with most of the stories surrounding Deschamps' squad concentrating who he left out rather than who he included.
Some of the players on the reserve list would have been hoping to have been named in the 23 and there were some players that didn’t receive a mention at all.
Here are the five most shocking omissions from Deschamps’s 23-man World Cup squad.
All statistics taken from LFP.fr and WhoScored.com