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Deschamps names first France squad

9 August 2012 14:25

New France coach Didier Deschamps has named a 22-man squad for the international friendly against Uruguay on August 15.

The former Olympique de Marseille coach had already said that he was likely to make a number of changes to the Euro 2012 squad, and he has called up several players who did not travel to Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Rio Mavuba, Christophe Jallet, Raphael Varane, Etienne Capoue, Maxime Gonalons, Bafetimbi Gomis, Jimmy Briand and Dimitri Payet are all fresh faces in les Bleus' team for next week's match.

Adil Rami and Yohan Cabaye miss out due to injury, while Samir Nasri and Jeremy Menez are suspended after being sanctioned by the French Football Federation (FFF) for their behaviour at Euro 2012.

Other players who have not been called up include Yann M'Vila, Hatem Ben Arfa and Florent Malouda.

The Rennes midfielder has been in poor form of late, having failed to make an impact at Euro 2012, while his future remains shrouded in doubt.

Elsewhere, the Newcastle ace's reported bust-up with French officials in Poland and Ukraine appears to have ruled him out of contention, along with the Chelsea star, who is in now in the twilight of his career.

Full Squad: Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille).

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier).

Midfielders: Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Maxime Gonalons (Olympique Lyonnais), Marvin Martin (Lille), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille).

Attackers: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Jimmy Briand (Olympique Lyonnais), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Olympique Lyonnais), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Franck Ribery (Sporting).

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