Domenech overlooks Vieira
Patrick Vieira has been left out of the France squad for their next two World Cup qualifiers.
Last Updated: 19/03/09 3:25pm
Patrick Vieira has been left out of the France squad for their next two World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania.
The 32-year-old Inter Milan midfielder, who has 106 caps to his name, has only played in one of the last 14 France internationals because of a string of injuries.
And head coach Raymond Domenech has overlooked the former Arsenal player, while handing Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac his first call-up.
France visit Lithuania on 28th March before hosting the Baltic team four days later. Les Bleus are third in Group Seven with four points from three games.
France squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Toulouse), Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille).
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rod Fanni (Stade Rennes), William Gallas (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Adil Rami (Lille), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla).
Midfielders: Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Girondins Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Yoann Gourcuff (Girondins Bordeaux), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Jeremy Toulalan (Olympique Lyon).
Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyon), Jimmy Briand (Stade Rennes), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).