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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Laurent Blanc names France squad for Brazil friendly

French coach Laurent Blanc named his squad for the February 9 friendly against Brazil, notably leaving out Manchester United defender Patrice Evra because of his support of the boycott of a training session during the 2010 World Cup to protest disciplinary action against Nicolas Anelka, who had been sent home for insulting coach Raymond Domenech.

Evra's place at left back is likely to be taken by Barcelona's Eric Abidal. Phillippe Mexes and Adil Rami are likely to form the central defensive pairing. Yoann Gourcuff is expected to take the role of playmaker in midfield despite a recent run of poor form at his club Lyon.

France squad:

Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Adil Rami (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain).

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Lille), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Blaise Matuidi (Saint-Etienne), Florent Malouda (Chelsea).

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris Saint-Germain), Jeremy Menez (AS Roma), Loic Remy (Marseille).

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