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Domenech turns to uncapped tyros

Published: Thursday 9 November 2006, 20.09CET
France coach Raymond Domenech has picked forwards Gonzalo Higuaín, who plays in Argentina with CA River Plate, and Karim Benzema of Olympique Lyonnais.
Domenech turns to uncapped tyros
Gonzalo Higuaín (right) celebrates scoring for River Plate ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 9 November 2006, 20.09CET

Domenech turns to uncapped tyros

France coach Raymond Domenech has picked forwards Gonzalo Higuaín, who plays in Argentina with CA River Plate, and Karim Benzema of Olympique Lyonnais.

Uncapped teenage forwards Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema have been called up by France coach Raymond Domenech for Wednesday's friendly against European champions Greece at the Stade de France.

Plays in Argentina
The 18-year-old Higuaín, who is being tipped as a star of the future due to his performances for CA River Plate in Argentina, was born in France of Argentinian parents. Although he does not speak French, Higuaín is a French national and is drawing comparisons with another Les Bleus striker with an Argentinian father, David Trezeguet, who is not on Domenech's 24-man list. However, Higuaín has said he will wait until Monday before deciding whether to accept France's call.

European goals
"An 18-year-old who is a starter at River Plate must have some talent," Domenech said. "Moreover, he is keen to play for France. He is not an out-and-out striker like Trezeguet - I see him more as a nine-and-a-half." The 18-year-old Benzema, meanwhile, has scored two UEFA Champions League goals for Olympique Lyonnais this season, including last week's winner against FC Dynamo Kyiv.

France squad
Goalkeepers:
Grégory Coupet (Olympique Lyonnais), Mickaël Landreau (Paris Saint-Germain FC).

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyonnais), François Clerc (Olympique Lyonnais), Julien Escudé (Sevilla FC), Patrice Evra (Manchester United FC), William Gallas (Arsenal FC), Philippe Mexès (AS Roma), Willy Sagnol (FC Bayern München), Lilian Thuram (FC Barcelona).

Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Olympique Lyonnais), Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyonnais), Gonzalo Higuaín (CA River Plate), Claude Makelele (Chelsea FC), Florent Malouda (Olympique Lyonnais), Rio Antonio Mavuba (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Franck Ribéry (Olympique de Marseille), Jérémy Toulalan (Olympique Lyonnais), Patrick Vieira (FC Internazionale Milano), Sylvain Wiltord (Olympique Lyonnais).

Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Bolton Wanderers FC), Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyonnais), Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC), Louis Saha (Manchester United FC).

Last updated: 09/11/06 22.57CET

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