France coach Raymond Domenech has given his UEFA EURO 2008™ squad an injection of youth by naming Bafétimbi Gomis and Steve Mandanda in his finals list.
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Gomis was a surprise inclusion in Domenech's provisional 30-man squad for this week's training camp in Tignes, yet the exciting AS Saint-Etienne striker outlined his potential by scoring two superb goals on his international debut against Ecuador in Grenoble on Tuesday. That performance convinced Domenech to take the 22-year-old to Austria and Switzerland this summer in a strikeforce that includes Thierry Henry, Karim Benzema and Nicolas Anelka, but not Djibril Cissé, one of the seven casualties.
Landreau left out
Olympique de Marseille custodian Mandanda also made his senior international bow this week, replacing Sébastien Frey at half-time against the South American side. Aged 23, Mandanda has been rewarded for his fine first season at Stade Vélodrome, and takes his place alongside first-choice goalkeeper Grégory Coupet and Frey of ACF Fiorentina, with Paris Saint-Germain FC's Mickaël Landreau missing out.
Goalkeepers: Grégory Coupet (Olympique Lyonnais), Sébastien Frey (ACF Fiorentina), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille).
Defenders: Willy Sagnol (FC Bayern München), Lilian Thuram (FC Barcelona), William Gallas (Arsenal FC), Eric Abidal (FC Barcelona), Patrice Evra (FC Manchester United), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Olympique Lyonnais), François Clerc (Olympique Lyonnais), Sébastien Squillaci (Olympique Lyonnais).
Midfielders: Patrick Vieira (FC Internazionale Milano), Claude Makelele (Chelsea FC), Jérémy Toulalan (Olympique Lyonnais), Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth FC), Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München), Florent Malouda (Chelsea FC), Samir Nasri (Olympique de Marseille).
Forwards: Sidney Govou (Olympique Lyonnais), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea FC), Thierry Henry (FC Barcelona), Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyonnais), Bafétimbi Gomis (AS Saint-Etienne).