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Liverpool defender misses out for country after Everton snub

Mamadou Sakho didn't make the cut for France's European Championship qualifying fixtures.

This week looks like being one to forget for Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho. Fresh from being dropped by the Reds for last Saturday's Merseyside derby, and then being pictured storming out of the stadium, the former PSG defender has now been axed from Didier Deschamps' France squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifying games against Portugal and Armenia.

The Frenchman was also left out against Basle in the midweek Champions League game, having been forced to apologise for his show of petulance in exiting Anfield after finding out he wasn't due to feature against Everton.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers stated earlier in the week that the defender had been carrying a knock that has caused Sakho to miss out in the fixtures, but given his behaviour at the Merseyside derby, it is possible the player has failed to impress more than just the Liverpool camp.

Two Premier League based centre backs have made Deschamps' squad, with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and new Manchester City signing Eliaquim Mangala sharing duties with La Liga duo Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu.

With doubts now existing on Sakho's future at Anfield, it makes all the more bizarre the decision for Brendan Rodgers to cut loose former Liverpool favourite Daniel Agger in the summer transfer window.

Kolo Toure now looks like being the first choice reserve, despite experiencing his own problems with his form last season.

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