No Trezeguet in preliminary France squad


The 30-man pool will be whittled down to 23 in time for the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland in June, and although there could be changes made before then, it is almost certain that Trezeguet’s European dream is over.

Domenech told the AP that he was eager not to install too many centre-forwards in the squad.

“It's an organisational choice,” he said. “There are four or five central strikers, you can’t cram each position. You have to make choices.”

In other interesting developments, both Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy have been excluded from the squad.

However, some more unsung players have now been handed chances of their own. Bafetimbi Gomis of high-flying Saint-Étienne has received his first call-up, while 23-year-old Marseille stopper Steve Mandanda will stake his claim towards bing third-choice ‘keeper after graduating from France B.

Les Bleus meet Ecuador in Grenoble on May 27th in what could be a litmus test for much of the squad, given that the final list of 23 will be submitted the following day.

The squad is:Goalkeepers: Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Mickael Landreau (Paris Saint-Germain), Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Julien Escude (Sevilla), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), William Gallas (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona).

Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth), Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan), Samir Nasri (Marseille).

Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Hatem Ben Arfa (Lyon), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Djibril Cisse (Lyon), Bafetimbi Gomis (Saint-Etienne), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Florent Malouda (Chelsea).