Deschamps drops duo

Ben Arfa and M'Vila pay the price for Euro misdemeanours

Hatem Ben Arfa: Has been overlooked by France coach Didier Deschamps

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Hatem Ben Arfa and Yann M'Vila have been left out of Didier Deschamps' first squad as France coach as punishment for their behaviour at Euro 2012.

The pair escaped with warnings after being summoned to a disciplinary hearing in the wake of another major tournament at which Les Bleus found themselves engulfed by internal disputes.

They crashed out of the European Championships at the quarter-final stage to eventual winners Spain, but it was the actions of certain members of their squad which dominated the inquest into their exit.

Jeremy Menez and Samir Nasri were stung with one and three-match bans respectively, while Ben Arfa and M'Vila were also identified as disruptive influences.

All four will play no part in France's friendly date with Uruguay on 15th August, with Deschamps stamping his authority on the squad early on.

"Concerning two players, Yann M'Vila and Hatem Ben Arfa, I took the decision not to select them for this match," he said.

"This decision seems logical and consistent to me given what I expect from the players in terms of attitude and behaviour. It's up to them to understand this decision."


Deschamps, who will be without the injured Yohan Cabaye and Adil Rami, has handed first call-ups to Real Madrid starlet Raphael Varane, Christophe Jallet and Etienne Capoue.

He said: "Raphael Varane has quality and potential and plays for a very big club."

In addition, there are recalls for Lille captain Rio Mavuba and Lyon forward Jimmy Briand as well as Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was in Laurent Blanc's provisional European Championship squad but missed the final cut.

Deschamps added: "Mavuba plays for a big club in France and has played in the Champions League.

"He has performed well and is the captain of Lille. That is enough to earn a place in the France squad."

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been named in the squad and faces a likely reunion with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, who has again courted controversy during the close season by reopening last season's race row between the pair.

France squad to face Uruguay on 15th August:

Goalkeepers: Lloris, Mandanda

Defenders: Clichy, Debuchy, Evra, Jallet, Koscielny, Sakho, Varane, Yanga-Mbiwa

Midfielders: Capoue, Gonalons, Martin, Matuidi, Mavuba, Valbuena

Forwards: Benzema, Briand, Giroud, Gomis, Payet, Ribery