Domenech announces a Benzema-less 30-man France squad

12th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Raymond Domenech has never sat well with the overall majority of the French public, so we wonder how the news went down when Karim Benzema wasn’t included in a 30-man preliminary squad ahead of the finals in South Africa, which are now less than a month away.

The big news from France yesterday afternoon was that there would be no Karim Benzema, no Patrick Viera and, to our dismay if we’re honest, no Samir Nasri. We thought the latter shown plenty of promise for Arsenal this season, even if he didn’t have an outstanding seasons on the whole. Viera was never going to make the team in our eyes, time has unfortunately caught up with the former France 1998 World Cup winner, and despite a late switch to Man City in January, Viera’s bid to impress Domenech has failed. Benzema, though, was omitted from a pretty huge squad of talented names, although a poor seasons in the Spaniah La Liga with Real Madrid looks to have been the killer for the former Lyon star.

In terms of some surprise inclusions, there weren’t too many. A small chuckle of laughter did break out at the sight of Djibril Cisse in the team, although, to Cisse’s credit he has enjoyed a fruitful season over in Panathinakos, Greece. Andre-Pierre Gignac is perhaps one of a few names that won’t look at all familiar, but he’s been a proven goalscorer over in France and has shown his worth in the few qualifiers he participated in, scoring a couple of goals in only a handful of appearances. He’s a bulky figure, dangerous from the air, and is a player which will be a handful.


Those playing in the English Premier League that were selected for duty were; Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), William Gallas (Arsenal), Bacary sagna (Arsenal), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Chelsea) and Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea).

Thierry Henry, who has hardly been in glittering form for Barcelona over in Spain, was given the nod, as well was Franck Ribery, who has had plenty of off-pitch drama to perhaps justify his absence from the squad, but the Bayern Munich winger was selected.


Raymond Domenech will first need to cut his squad down to size, reducing the 30-man squad to just 23 before the 1st of June. His first World Cup game, however, is against Uruguay on the opening day of the tournament before clashes with Mexico and hosts South Africa.


France 30-man Preliminary Squad:

Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso, Mickael Landreau, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda

Defenders: Eric Abidal, Gael Clichy, Patrice Evra, Rod Fanni, William Gallas, Marc Planus, Adil Rami, Anthony Reveillere, Bacary Sagna, Sebastien Squillaci

Midfielders: Abou Diaby, Alou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, Yoann Gourcuff, Yann M’Vila, Florent Malouda, Jeremy Toulalan

Forwards: Nicolas Anelka, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jimmy Briand, Djibril Cisse, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Sidney Govou, Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery, Mathieu Valbuena

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