France squad named for Ukraine play-off tie

Tue Nov 7

Eight Ligue 1 players have been named in France's 24-man squad for the two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Ukraine. Rio Mavuba has been recalled by Didier Deschamps.

Lille captain Mavuba has not played for his country since September 2012. Mickaël Landreau, Steve Mandanda, Eric Abidal, Blaise Matuidi, Clément Grenier, Dimitri Payet and Mathieu Valbuena are Ligue 1's other representatives.

English Premier League club Newcastle United again supply the largest contingent with Deschamps naming Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Loïc Rémy.

Morale in the camp is high after last month's 6-0 friendly win over Australia and the 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Finland.

France beat Ukraine 2-0 at Euro 2012 in a storm-affected match in Donetsk. Jérémy Ménez, who is omitted from the current squad, and Cabaye scored the goals.


First leg to be played in Kiev on November 15, return leg at Stade de France November 19

Goalkeepers: Mickaël Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders:
Eric Abidal (Monaco), Gaël Clichy (Manchester City/ENG), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle/ENG), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG),  Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool/ENG), Raphaël Varane (Real/SPA)

Midfielders:
Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus/ITA), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle/ENG), Clément Grenier (Lyon), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle/ENG), Rio Mavuba (Lille)

Forwards:
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/SPA), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich/GER), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Loïc Rémy (Newcastle/ENG)

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