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Deschamps brings in Diaby, Menez

29 August 2012 16:58

France coach Didier Deschamps has named Abou Diaby and Jeremy Menez in the squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Belarus.

The 1998 France World Cup-winning captain has recalled Diaby and Menez, who returns following a one-match suspension for his disrespectful behaviour towards France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during Euro 2012.

"It's in the past. The future interests me now. It's up to him (Menez) to take stock of what he should and should not do," Deschamps said at a press conference.

"He has a lot of qualities as a football player."

The former Juventus player also spoke of his choice to include 26-year-old Diaby who has been in and out of the national side since making his debut in 2007.

"He has a very interesting profile and is cut out to play at the highest level. At his age, he is now coming into full maturity," Deschamps said.

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the squad was that of Mickael Landreau, whose last appearance for Les Bleus was five years ago in a friendly against Morocco.

"I know Mika (Landreau) very well, the role of the third goalie is very important," Deschamps said.

"Although he won't get to play much, his role is important in the dressing room and around the squad because of his qualities as a person."

Among the notable exclusions were Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa and Rennes' Yann M'Vila while he has stuck with Hugo Lloris in goal despite criticism of the Lyon shot-stopper.

France squad: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Lille), Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier), Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon).

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