France recall Evra & Ribery
Duo back in the fold, but Abidal is missing
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: March 17, 2011 2:18pm
Evra & Ribery: Recalled
Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra have been recalled to the France squad for the first time since the World Cup.
The pair were identified as two of the ringleaders in the disharmony which plagued France's World Cup campaign, and were subsequently banned for five and three games respectively by the French Football Federation.
Both men have sat out the last seven international fixtures - the first of which saw coach Laurent Blanc select an experimental side against Norway.
But they will be in contention when France take on Luxembourg in a Euro 2012 qualifier on 25th March and for the friendly against Croatia in Paris four days later.
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is recalled after missing the recent win over Brazil through injury.
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is missing after it was discovered he has a tumour on his liver and there was no place for Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.
Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Steve Mandanda (Marseille); Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (Roma), Adil Rami (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain); Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich); Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain), Jeremy Menez (Roma), Loic Remy (Marseille).