France manager Didier Deschamps delays World Cup squad announcement

Extra-time substitute Rolando produced the vital away goal for Marseille to book their ticket to the Europa League final in Lyon.
Dimitri Payet urged Marseille to stay focused ahead of the Europa League second leg against Salzburg despite a 2-0 win on Thursday night.

France coach Didier Deschamps has postponed the announcement of his World Cup squad until after the Europa League final to help the French players involved in the game.

The French Football Federation said the decision was made “in order not to disturb the preparations of the French players from Marseille and Atletico Madrid.”

Deschamps will announce his selection on May 17, a day after the Europa League final in Lyon.

Marseille advanced to their first European final in 14 years by beating Salzburg on Thursday, while Atletico defeated Arsenal.

Several Marseille players, including Steve Mandanda, Florian Thauvin, Dimitri Payet, Adil Rami and Bouna Sarr, have a chance to be included in Deschamps’ squad, while Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann is all but guaranteed to travel to Russia.