France coach Raymond Domenech said on Monday that the squad of 23 men training at Tignes would make up the nation’s 2010 FIFA World Cup 23 man squad.
The decision for the coach, who had 24 men training prior to last week, was made easier when Lassana Diarra had an injury. William Gallas had originally been the major injury worry, but the Arsenal defender has been passed fit to travel to the tournament.
It is another Arsenal player, Nasri, however, who has led to the most vociferous criticism of this squad selection, with many alarmed at the player failing to be picked even for the earlier squad.
France have a strong squad, however, with a number of talented players who this year reached the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League, such as young Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and attacking midfielder Franck Ribery, who are a couple of the nation’s brighter lights set to shine this summer.
Ribery in particular will be looking to feature in some special moments after missing the Champions League Final due to suspension.
France 23 Man Squad – FIFA World Cup 2010
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda(Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux)
Defenders: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), William Gallas (Arsenal), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla), Marc Planus (Girondins Bordeaux), Gael Clichy(Arsenal), Anthony Reveillere (Olympique Lyon)
Midfielders: Alou Diarra(Girondins Bordeaux), Jeremy Toulalan (Olympique Lyon), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yoann Gourcuff (Girondins Bordeaux), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyon), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille)