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France fires up young guns

Raymond Domenech has called up Julien Faubert and four others from France's Under-21 selection for the senior friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Julien Faubert has received his first senior call-up
Julien Faubert has received his first senior call-up ©Getty Images

Coach Raymond Domenech has called up five Under-21 internationals for France's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on 16 August.

First selection
Julien Faubert, 23, has earned his first senior call-up, joining FC Girondins de Bordeaux team-mate Rio Antonio Mavuba, François Clerc and Jérémy Toulalan on the trip to Sarajevo. All four impressed at this summer's UEFA European U21 Championship. Also involved from the junior set-up is Franck Ribéry, who was promoted to the seniors for the FIFA World Cup. "Things will change step by step, to renew the team," said Domenech. France start their UEFA EURO 2008™ Group B qualifying campaign in Georgia on 2 September.

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

Defenders:
Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyonnais), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Newcastle United FC), François Clerc (Olympique Lyonnais), William Gallas (Chelsea FC), Gaël Givet (AS Monaco FC), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Willy Sagnol (FC Bayern München).

Midfielders:
Alou Diarra (RC Lens), Julien Faubert (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Olympique Lyonnais), Rio Antonio Mavuba (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Jérémy Toulalan (Olympique Lyonnais), Patrick Vieira (FC Internazionale Milano).

Strikers:
Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC), Franck Ribéry (Olympique de Marseille), Louis Saha (Manchester United FC), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Sylvain Wiltord (Olympique Lyonnais).