France

Lassana Diarra not replaced after getting stomach pains on Alpine trek with squad.

    Coach Domenech has decided not to replace the injured Lassana Diarra in finalising his squad [EPA]

    Les Bleus qualification for South Africa 2010 was steeped in controversy after striker Thierry Henry's handball against the Republic of Ireland.

    But despite the unpopularity at home of outgoing coach Raymond Domenech and many of their players, the French have been a force to reckon with since they won the World Cup in 1998.

    Having lost out to Italy in the 2006 final after Zinedine Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi, France rarely fail to provide excitement whether in victory or defeat.

    Goalkeepers:

    Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Mickael Landreau (Lille).

    Group A fixtures

    Friday June 11

     South Africa v Mexico  
     Uruguay v France 

    Wednesday June 16


     
    South Africa v Uruguay 

    Thursday June 17

     
    France v Mexico 

    Tuesday June 22

     
    Mexico v Uruguay  
     France v South Africa

    Defenders:

    William Gallas (Arsenal), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Adil Rami (Lille), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla).

    Midfielders:

    Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Yann Mvila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon).

    Forwards:

    Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Rennes), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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