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France call on champions

Published: Tuesday 24 May 2005, 14.51CET
Six Olympique Lyonnais players will join the 18-man France squad for the friendly against Hungary in Metz.

Published: Tuesday 24 May 2005, 14.51CET

France call on champions

Six Olympique Lyonnais players will join the 18-man France squad for the friendly against Hungary in Metz.

By Christian Châtelet

France coach Raymond Domenech has named six Olympique Lyonnais players in his 18-man squad to face Hungary in a friendly in Metz next Tuesday.

New captain
Strikers Sidney Govou, Florent Malouda and Sylvain Wiltord are among the Lyon contingent, with the 31-year-old Wiltord standing the chance of being named captain for the first time as his old Arsenal FC team-mate Patrick Vieira is absent preparing for his wedding in early June.

Arsenal absentees
Another novelty is that there are no Arsenal players whatsoever. Thierry Henry is recovering from an achilles injury while Robert Pires has been out of favour for a while. Juventus FC's David Trezeguet and Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper Fabien Barthez are both suspended.

Rothen returns
In midfield, Jérôme Rothen is included for the first time in 2005 after finishing an injury-ravaged first season at Paris Saint-Germain FC on a high. UEFA Champions League finalists Djibril Cissé, of Liverpool FC, and Vikash Dhorasoo, of AC Milan, will join the squad on Monday.

Difficult position
France lead FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 4 but have some way to go before booking their place in the Germany finals. After another friendly on 17 August, against as yet unspecified opponents, they have four games left to retain one of the top two places in their group.

French squad
Coupet (Olympique Lyonnais), Landreau (FC Nantes Atlantique), Abidal (Olympique Lyonnais), Boumsong (Newcastle United FC), Gallas (Chelsea FC), Givet (AS Monaco FC), Réveillère (Olympique Lyonnais), Squillaci (AS Monaco FC), Dhorasoo (AC Milan), Diarra (RC Lens), Mavuba (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Pedretti (Olympique de Marseille), Rothen (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Cissé (Liverpool FC), Giuly (FC Barcelona), Govou (Olympique Lyonnais), Malouda (Olympique Lyonnais), Wiltord (Olympique Lyonnais).

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