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Belarus out to topple France at Group D summit

Published: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 16.50CET
Injury-plagued Belarus can go top of the section with victories against Group D leaders France and bottom side Luxembourg, while Bosnia and Herzegovina take on Romania and Albania.
Belarus out to topple France at Group D summit
Belarus coach Bernd Stange knows his side face a tough task against France on 3 June ©Pressball
 
Published: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 16.50CET

Belarus out to topple France at Group D summit

Injury-plagued Belarus can go top of the section with victories against Group D leaders France and bottom side Luxembourg, while Bosnia and Herzegovina take on Romania and Albania.

Despite their injury problems Belarus can knock France off the top of Group D with victories against Les Bleus and Luxembourg. Romania go in search of their second win, against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who host third-placed Albania on 7 June. UEFA.com rounds up the team news.

3 June: Romania v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus v France
7 June: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Albania, Belarus v Luxembourg

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Albania
Josip Kuže is boosted by the return from injury of defender Debatik Curri and forward Edmond Kapllani, while Armend Dallku − suspended for March's 1-0 victory against Belarus − is also back in the fold. The selection of Curri and fellow defender Dallku means there is no place for Elvin Beqiri. Somewhat surprisingly Kuže has also omitted promising midfielders Jahmir Hyka and Emilian Vila, both of whom have been regulars in the squad this campaign.

Goalkeepers: Arjan Beqaj (Ermis Aradippou FC), Samir Ujkani (Novara Calcio), Isli Hidi (Olympiakos Nicosia FC).

Defenders: Andi Lila (KF Tirana), Debatik Curri (Gençlerbirligi SK), Kristi Vangjeli (Aris Thessaloniki FC), Admir Teli (Qarabağ FK), Lorik Cana (Galatasaray AŞ), Endrit Vrapi (KS Skënderbeu), Armend Dallku (FC Vorskla Poltava).

Midfielders: Ansi Agolli (Qarabağ FK), Ervin Bulku (HNK Hajduk Split), Altin Lala (Hannover 96), Klodian Duro (LASK Linz), Gilman Lika (KF Tirana), Ervin Skela (Arka Gdynia), Gjergj Muzaka (KS Skënderbeu), Elis Bakaj (FC Dinamo Bucureşti).

Forwards: Erjon Bogdani (AC Cesena), Hamdi Salihi (SK Rapid Wien), Edmond Kapllani (SC Paderborn 07).

Belarus
Bernd Stange will be without eight first-team regulars for the games against section leaders France and bottom side Luxembourg. Dmitri Molosh, Aleksandr Kulchiy and Sergei Kornilenko are suspended while Aleksandr Hleb, Vitali Kutuzov, Sergei Krivets, Vitali Rodionov and Anton Amelchenko all miss out through injury. "This time we have too many problems with the squad," said Stange. "However we are happy to play another home game and have to be ready to produce another miracle."

As a result, Belarus Under-21 striker Andrei Voronkov has been drafted in, with Sergei Chernik and Vitali Trubilo handed their first call-ups. Stange added: "One thing is sure, we will fight until the end despite the fact that our opponents look stronger individually. The main thing is to create a good atmosphere in the team and the players should not be scared of anybody."

Goalkeepers:
Sergei Chernik (FC Neman Grodno), Sergei Veremko (PFC Sevastopol), Yuri Zhevnov (FC Zenit St Petersburg).

Defenders: Igor Shitov (FC BATE Borisov), Dmitri Verkhovtsov (FC Naftan), Sergei Omelyanchuk (FC Terek Grozny), Aleksandr Martynovich (FC Krasnodar), Dmitri Molosh (PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara), Maksim Bordachev (FC BATE Borisov), Maksim Zhavnerchik (FC Kuban Krasnodar), Vitali Trubilo (SK Slavia Praha).

Midfielders: Yan Tigorev (FC Tom Tomsk), Aleksandr Kulchiy (FC Krasnodar), Timofei Kalachev (FC Rostov), Sergei Kislyak (FC Rubin Kazan), Anton Putilo (SC Freiburg), Pavel Sitko (FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk), Aleksandr Bychenok (FC Dinamo Minsk).

Forwards: Vyacheslav Hleb (FC Dinamo Minsk), Andrei Voronkov (FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih), Sergei Kornilenko (Blackpool FC).

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Midfielder Sejad Salihović has been ruled out, with Mehmed Alispahić being called up in his stead. Also missing through injury are Ognjen Vranješ and Muhamed Subašić as Safet Sušić's fourth-placed side look to make ground in Group D.

Goalkeepers: Kenan Hasagić (Istanbul BB SK), Ibrahim Šehić (FK Željezničar), Asmir Avdukić (FK Borac Banja Luka).

Defenders: Emir Spahić (Montpellier Hérault SC), Mensur Mujdža (SC Freiburg), Adnan Mravac (KVC Westerlo), Boris Pandža (KV Mechelen), Ognjen Vranješ (FC Krasnodar), Muhamed Bešić (Hamburger SV),
Muhamed Subašić (FK Olimpic Sarajevo), Senad Lulić (BSC Young Boys).

Midfielders: Elvir Rahimić (PFC CSKA Moskva), Darko Maletić (FK Borac Banja Luka), Miralem Pjanić (Olympique Lyonnais), Haris Medunjanin (Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC), Senijad Ibričić (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Semir Štilić (KKS Lech Poznań), Zvjezdan Misimović (FC Dinamo Moskva), Sejad Salihović (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Mehmed Alispahić (NK Šibenik)*.

Forwards: Edin Džeko (Manchester City FC), Vedad Ibišević (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Zlatan Muslimović (PAOK FC).

France
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard midfielder Marvin Martin has been given his first call-up after providing more assists than any other player in Ligue 1 this season, 17 in 37 games. "Marvin is someone my staff and I have watched since the beginning of the second part of the season," said coach Laurent Blanc. "He is a skilful player. Him and his side have had a good season." Left-back Éric Abidal is also included after recovering from an operation to remove a liver tumour.

Goalkeepers: Cédric Carrasso (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyonnais), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille).

Defenders: Éric Abidal (FC Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester United FC), Younès Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Adil Rami (LOSC Lille Métropole), Anthony Réveillère (Olympique Lyonnais), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal FC), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain FC).

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (LOSC Lille Métropole), Abou Diaby (Arsenal FC), Alou Diarra (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennais FC), Florent Malouda (Chelsea FC), Marvin Martin (FC Sochaux-Montbéliard), Blaise Matuidi (AS Saint-Étienne), Samir Nasri (Arsenal FC).

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid CF), Kévin Gameiro (FC Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Jérémy Menez (AS Roma), Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan Athletic FC), Loïc Rémy (Olympique de Marseille), Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille).

Luxembourg
Luxembourg will be without experienced FC Metz defender Mario Mutsch through suspension while coach Luc Holtz also makes five changes to the squad that suffered defeats at the hands of France and Romania last time out. Yan Heil, Joël Kitenge, Joël Pedro, Kevin Malget and Clayton de Sousa Moreira come into the party to face Hungary in a friendly on 3 June before travelling to Minsk to play Belarus in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier four days later.

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Joubert (F91 Dudelange), Marc Oberweis (AS Jeunesse Esch), Yan Heil (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Defenders: Guy Blaise (R. Excelsior Virton), Eric Hoffmann (AS Jeunesse Esch), Massimo Martino (FC RM Hamm Benfica), Jacques Plein (FC Etzella Ettelbruck), Tom Schnell (CS Fola Esch), Kevin Malget (TSV Alemannia Aachen), Clayton de Sousa Moreira (AS Jeunesse Esch).

Midfielders: Gilles Bettmer (FC Differdange 03), Dan Collette (AS Jeunesse Esch), Charles Leweck (AS Jeunesse Esch), René Peters (AS Jeunesse Esch), Lars Gerson (Kongsvinger IL), Tom Laterza (CS Sedan-Ardennes), Ben Payal (F91 Dudelange).

Forwards: Daniel Da Mota (F91 Dudelange), Joël Kitenge (CS Fola Esch), Joël Pedro (CS Sedan-Ardennes).

Romania
With Cristian Chivu retiring from international football due to persistent injuries and a number of other regulars short of match practice with their clubs abroad, Răzvan Lucescu has recalled midfielder Lucian Sanmartean almost eight years since his last international game and handed first chances to Gabriel Giurgiu, Liviu Antal and Iasmin Latovlevici. "We have to overcome the situation and win," said Lucescu.

Goalkeepers: Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Ciprian Tătăruşanu (FC Steaua Bucureşti), Silviu Lung (FC Universitatea Craiova).

Defenders:
Cristian Săpunaru (FC Porto), Cornel Râpă (FC Oţelul Galaţi), Gabriel Tamaş (West Bromwich Albion FC), Dorin Nicolae Goian (US Città di Palermo), Paul Papp (SC Vaslui), Florin Gardoş (FC Steaua Bucureşti), Răzvan Raţ (FC Shakhtar Donetsk), Iasmin Latovlevici (FC Steaua Bucureşti).

Midfielders:
Liviu Antal (FC Oţelul Galaţi), Gabriel Torje (FC Dinamo Bucureşti), Gabriel Giurgiu (FC Oţelul Galaţi), Dan Alexa (FC Timişoara), Alexandru Bourceanu (FC Timişoara), Gabriel Mureşan (CFR 1907 Cluj), Lucian Sanmartean (SC Vaslui), Cristian Tănase (FC Steaua Bucureşti), Marius Alexe (FC Dinamo Bucureşti).

Forwards: Bogdan Stancu (Galatasaray AŞ), Adrian Mutu (ACF Fiorentina), Ciprian Marica (VfB Stuttgart), Romeo Surdu (FC Steaua Bucureşti).

Players in italics have withdrawn.
*Denotes replacement player.

Last updated: 02/06/11 11.08CET

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