PARIS - France recalled Franck Ribery on
Thursday for the Euro 2012 qualifiers in Albania and Romania
along with defender Laurent Koscielny and winger Mathieu
Ribery missed the 1-1 friendly draw with Chile this month
because of an ankle problem but has been brought back for the
matches on September 2 and September 6.
Koscielny returns with Mamadou Sakho injured and Valbuena
has impressed for Olympique Marseille in the early weeks of the
Coach Laurent Blanc has called up 24 rather than the usual
23 players because defender Adil Rami is suspended against
France top Group D with 13 points from Belarus (12), Bosnia
(10), Romania and Albania (8) and Luxembourg (1).
Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux), Hugo
Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester
United), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur), Laurent Koscielny
(Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon),
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Alou Diarra
(Marseille), Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennes), Florent Malouda
(Chelsea), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Mathieu Valbuena
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Paris Saint-Germain),
Guillaume Hoarau (Paris Saint-Germain), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain), Loic Remy
(Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).
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