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France coach names squad for Euro 2012 qualifiers

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-26

France's new coach Laurent Blanc has named his 21-man squad for the opening Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belarus and Bosnia, featuring only nine survivors from Les Bleus's World Cup fiasco.

 

AFP - Coach Laurent Blanc has recalled in-form Chelsea winger Florent Malouda in his squad announced on Thursday to open the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belarus and and Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 3 and 7.
  
Malouda was not considered for the friendly against Norway earlier this month as part of the punishment meted out by the French Football Federation to the entire World Cup squad following the debacle in South Africa.
  
In total, nine of the World Cup squad earned recalls for the two qualifiers but there was no place for Jeremy Toulalan and Eric Abidal - two of the players seen as being among the ring-leaders in the training strike action that preceded the game against South Africa.
  
Three others - Franck Ribery, Patrick Evra and Nicolas Anelka - are serving suspensions for their role in the fiasco.
  
Also not considered was Lyon's new signing Yoann Gourcuff as he is serving a two-match suspension for being sent off in the game against South Africa which saw the French team crash out of the tournament in disgrace.
  
Blanc took over as coach from Raymond Domenech after the World Cup and his first game in charge was the friendly against Norway.
  
 
Goalkeepers - Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carasso (Bordeaux)
  
Defenders - Bakary Sagna (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Lille), Philippe Mexes (Roma/ITA), Mamadou Sakho (Paris SG), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux)
  
Midfielders - Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid/ESP), Yann Mvila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Jeremy Menez (Roma/ITA), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
  
Forwards - Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris SG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), Loïc Remy (Marseille), Louis Saha (Everton/ENG).

 

Date created : 2010-08-26

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