French coach Didier Deschamps has played safe with his 23-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2016.
Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante is in the squad, joining familiar faces Hugo Lloris, Anthony Martial and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.
BBC Spoofs (
BBCSpoofs) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSpoofs/status/730865887117332480">May 12, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to West Ham's Dimitri Payet who has been included in the France squad for the 2016 Euro's. <a href="https://t.co/J9mD7evIln">pic.twitter.com/J9mD7evIln</a></p>— Uber West Ham (UberWestHam) May 12, 2016
True to his word Deschamps has not selected Real Madrid
forward Karim Benzema after having been charged with conspiracy to blackmail last November.
“Me and my team evaluate the performances of the players and it’s true Hatem Ben Arfa has had a good season with Nice. I had to make some difficult decisions, especially the strikers,” said Deschamps.
“Antony Martial scores again“🎧🎧🎧 pic.twitter.com/XrV6NtoCfj— hanzel.⚡️ (
hexabyteosman13) <a href="https://twitter.com/hexabyteosman13/status/730136449606103041">May 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Arsenal's Oliver Giroud has made it following a return to form after a lean spell in the Premier League. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Official: Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have been selected for the France squad at Euro 2016. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/afc?src=hash">#afc</a> <a href="https://t.co/bRaHwx7Tqo">pic.twitter.com/bRaHwx7Tqo</a></p>— afcstuff (afcstuff) May 12, 2016
France kick-off their Euro 2016 campaign against Romania at the Stade de France, in Paris
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Benoit Costil
Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Patrice Evra, Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Christophe Jallet, Lucas Digne, Jeremy Mathieu.
Midfielders: Lassana Diarra, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Moussa Sissoko, Yoann Cabaye.
Attackers: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Dimitri Payet, Kingsley Coman.
Standby: Alphonse Areola, Morgan Schneiderlin, Hatem Ben Arfa, Alexandre Lacazette, Kevin Gameiro, Adrien Rabiot, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti.
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