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Posted by Rabeeta Farooque on 05/17/2010

As promised, six players were dropped from the initial list submitted to FIFA last week. The remaining 24 players will be heading to Tignes for a training camp as well as participating against two friendlies. At the end of May, one more player will be dropped - either William Gallas or whoever will be replacing him.

The final list:

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

Defenders: William Gallas (Arsenal/ENG), Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Gael Clichy (Arsenal/ENG), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla/ESP)

Midfielders: Abou Diaby (Arsenal/ENG), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid/ESP), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon)

Strikers: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/ENG), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos/GRE), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Barcelona/ESP), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

As I predicted, Mikael Landreau, Jimmy Briand, and Yann M'Vila were dropped. In what I think was a rather shocking move, Domenech chose Mathieu Valbuena over Hatem Ben Arfa. Valbuena is a nice player, but Ben Arfa has more talent. However, raw talent isn't enough, and it looks like Domenech wanted someone more reliable and less dramatic.

I had also thought that Adil Rami would have been kept, but Domenech chose to put his faith in Marc Planus. However, Planus himself may find himself dropped at the very end, as everything hinges on Gallas's recovery. Domenech knows he can only also depend on Jeremy Toulalan for the CB position, so for now, Les Bleus are covered.

Rod Fanni's exclusion came as a surprise as well, since he's been a regular call up over this past year. But his performances this season have been lukewarm, whereas Anthony Reveillere not only had a great season, he's accumulated a lot of high level experience and is able to play on both the right and left side. For Reveillere, this is a huge deal, as he's much older and often flown below Domenech's radar.

Strange to thing that France's '87 generation of Benzema, Nasri, and Ben Arfa will all be missing out on the first World Cup that they genuinely had a shot at playing in.


Posted by Gilles on 05/18/2010

Don't feel too sorry for them, Benzema, Nasri and Ben Arfa only have themselves to blame. Like any other walk of life, it's all about good behaviour, respect of others and commitment. The three of them seriously lack these attributes so it is sort of poetic justice that they all miss out, they have attitude. Add to that a wrong choice of a year to move clubs (Benzema could and should have waited one more year instead of gambling)
I much prefer grafters like Flamini, he got rewarded along the years with his dream move to AC Milan and now the WC. Hard work always (well almost)pays off.

Posted by Steve on 05/21/2010

I understand why Ben Arfa and to a lesser extent Benzema (Don't agree with it though)were not selected but Nasri? I'm an Arsenal fan, and Nasri was one of Arsenal's better performers by the end of the season. He has never given any indication of being malcontent with Arsenal, has he been petulant with the French NT?

Posted by Steve on 05/21/2010

Both Diarras and Abou Diaby but no Nasri? Diaby is maddeningly inconsistent and often makes poor decisions, take it from an Arsenal fan. Nasri would have been perfect to spell Gourcuff.

Posted by dino on 05/22/2010

Not taking Samir Nasri is a big blunder on Domenech's part. He is probably the best French player plying his trade abroad. And in no less than Arsenal!! To be among the most consistent players in the Premiership is not easy. Abou Diaby is not consistent and always screws up. To prefer Gignac to Benzema doesn't make sense either. Menez has also been a great performer for la Roma and deserved to be in the team. But with a crackhead like Domenech at the helm, France are no doubt heading for an early exit. Luckily for them they are in an easy group.

Posted by John L on 05/27/2010

nasri, ben afra, menez, benzama i think most managers would see the huge value of these players. thats a potent attacking force.
its frustrating that france have such an excuse for a manager as they have a exciting young generation! another dismal WC anyone?

Posted by Gilles on 06/03/2010

Gallas had injured his right knee, then his left calf, and now a stomach bug.......... not too sure he can make it to the toilets in time! (so goes the joke in France)
From what I can gather by listening to the french medias and forums is that no one gives us a prayer, that the EDF is a joke, that the preparation is beyond a joke (buggy, cycling, what next?), but worse a lot of people cannot wait for the EDF to fall flat on its face, sort of getting back at Domenech.... Shows that not only the Brits know how to take the piss out of themselves.
Try to listen to the ever excellent short podcasts from Canteloup and Gerra (respectively on Europe 1 and RTL), they very often take the mickey out of the EDF.... and the tournament hasn't started yet!
(PS: I wrote two other posts on this very same blog that never were published, am I the only one this has happened to? Strange...)

Posted by Natasha on 06/09/2010

Iam a fun of France but if Domeneche fails to do anything this time,he needs to be sucked comppletly.
How can dare he ruled out Benzema and Nasri.
To hell with Domeneche!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2010

nasri should be listed ih the squad

Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2010

their coach is very bad.where are nasri,benzema and ben arfa?

Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2010

their coach.BASTARD.

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