Euro 2012 qual. - Ribery back for France qualifiers

Thu, 25 Aug 14:11:00 2011

France have recalled Franck Ribery for the Euro 2012 qualifiers in Albania and Romania along with defender Laurent Koscielny and winger Mathieu Valbuena.

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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 6.

Koscielny returns as Mamadou Sakho is injured, while Valbuena has impressed for Marseille in the early weeks of the Ligue 1 season.

Coach Laurent Blanc has called up 24 rather than the usual 23 players because defender Adil Rami is suspended against Albania.

France top Group D with 13 points from Belarus (12), Bosnia (10), Romania and Albania (8) and Luxembourg (1).

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (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), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Guillaume Hoarau (PSG), Jeremy Menez (PSG), Loic Remy (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Reuters

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