Yohan Cabaye has missed out on a place in the France squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus, with Les Blues boss Didier Deschamps citing a lack of playing time as the reason for his omission.
Cabaye has yet to feature for Newcastle United this season after the Magpies received a £10million bid from Arsenal on the eve of their Premier League opener at Manchester City, with the midfielder believed to want a move to the Emirates before the transfer window closes.
Deschamps believes that a lack of action left him no choice but to leave Cabaye out of his 25-man squad, choosing to go with young midfielders Josuha Guilavogui, Paul Pogba and Geoffrey Kondogbia in his absence.
He told reporters at a press conference this afternoon: "Yohan Cabaye has not been playing football recently. He is not playing so I did not pick him."
Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho was also a surprise omission from the French squad after being left out of the side in favour of Thiago Silva and Alex by Laurent Blanc so far in the French capital this season.
A pair of Cabaye's colleagues have been picked to face Georgia and Belarus as France look to keep pace with world champions Spain in their qualifying group. Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko featuring in Deschamps' plans for the double header.
Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac also made the cut this afternoon for his first international call-up in three years.
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