No surprise inclusions but IN-FORM OGC Nice winger, Hatem Ben Arfa was left out of the France squad for the European Championship as coach Didier Deschamps unveiled a 23-man squad with no surprise inclusions on Thursday.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Benoit Costil
Defenders: Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Jeremy Mathieu, Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna, Christophe Jallet, Lucas Digne
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Lassana Diarra, N’Golo Kante, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko
Attack: Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Anthony Martial, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Andre-Pierre Gignac
Standby: Alphonse Areola, Hatem Ben Arfa, Kevin Gameiro, Alexandre Lacazette, Adrien Rabiot, Morgan Schneiderlin, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti
Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin can’t seem to find a place in the France National Team for the tournament.
The other notable absentee was Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, who has provisionally been suspended for 30 days by UEFA after failing a doping test.
Valbuena, who has been struggling throughout the season with Lyon, was also left out.
Karim Benzema’s suspension from the national team because of his involvement in an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena made him ineligible for selection.