France turn to youth
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
France coach Raymond Domenech has named a vastly inexperienced squad for a friendly with Bosnia next week.
Zinedine Zidane's retirement has left a huge gulf in French football, following the departures of Lilian Thuram and Bixente Lizarazu.
Former Under-21 boss Domenech has put the emphasis on youth in his latest squad, as he looks for potential stars to lead them into World Cup 2006.
Just ten players remain from the Euro 2004 squad, with Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse returning after he missed the tournament through suspension.
Young Reds midfielder Alou Diarra, who is on loan at Lens, is one of seven uncapped players to be included by Jacques Santini's replacement.
Full France squad:
Fabien Barthez (Marseille), Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Eric Abidal (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Rangers), Patrice Evra (Monaco), William Gallas (Chelsea), Gael Givet (Monaco), Bernard Mendy (Paris St Germain), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Monaco), Alou Diarra (Lens), Rio-Antonio Mavuba (Bordeaux), Benoit Pedretti (Marseille), Robert Pires (Arsenal), Jerome Rothen (Paris St Germain), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Djibril Cisse (Liverpool), Pierre-Alain Frau (Lyon), Sydney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Peguy Luyindula (Marseille).