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Deschamps names new squad of France, makes two changes

English.news.cn   2014-08-29 09:20:06

PARIS, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Didier Deschamps named the new 23-strong squad on Thursday for next week's friendlies with Spain and Serbia, making just two changes from France's World Cup roster in Brazil.

The former Olympique Marseille coach's side will host Spain at the Stade de France next Thursday before taking on Serbia away just two days later.

As for the only two changes to his squad, Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda stepped in for the now retired Mickael Landreau and Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon was brought in for recently injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who could be out until the new year.

Mandanda, who missed the Brazil World Cup due to a cracked vertebra, will fill in the reservist role behind Tottenham Hotspurs goalie Hugo Lloris, while Lacazette, capping for the third time for France, will show his potential to the world after scoring three goals for Lyon in three Ligue 1 new season matches.

France, who made quarterfinals in Brazil before succumbing 1-0 to eventual winners Germany under the guide of the 45-year-old Deschamps, have no obligation of qulifications for Euro 2016 as the host country.

With big names like Franck Ribery opting to take off the national duties recently, a batch of youngsters came up with their chances.

Following is the squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Elaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Barcary Sagna (Manchester City), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Remy Cabella (Newcastle United), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Loic Remy (QPR), Mathieu Valbuena (Dynamo Moscow) 

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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