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Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 1 France 2 [0-1]

Match Summary
England Squad
France Squad
Team Records
The Les Blues Squad to face England  November 2010
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Abidal, Éric Sylvain 11 September 1979 31 D Barcelona FC, Spain 50 0
Benzema, Karim Mostafa
 كريم بنزمّة
19 December 1987 22 F CF Real Madrid, Spain 31 10
Cabaye, Yohan 14 January 1986 24 M Lille OSC 1 0
Carrasso, Cédric 30 December 1981 28 G FC des Girondins de Bordeaux 0 0 ᵍᵃ
Clichy, Gaël 26 July 1985 25 D Arsenal FC, England 9 0
Diarra, Alou 15 July 1981 29 M FC des Girondins de Bordeaux 29 0
Gameiro, Kévin 9 May 1987 23 F FC Lorient 1 0
Gourcuff, Yoann Miguel 11 July 1986 24 M Olympique Lyonnais 24 3
Hoarau, Guillaume 5 March 1984
born in Reunion
26 F Paris Saint-Germain FC 3 0
Kaboul, Younès 4 January 1986 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 0 0
Younes Kaboul was drafted into the squad on 15 November as cover for the injured Philippe Mexes.
Lloris, Hugo 26 December 1986 23 G Olympique Lyonnais 18 12 GA
M'Vila, Yann 26 June 1990 20 M Stade Rennais FC 4 0
Malouda, Florent Johan 13 June 1980
born in French Guinea
30 F Chelsea FC, England 61 5
Mandanda, Stéve 28 March 1985
born in Cameroon
25 G Olympique de Marseille 13 14 GA
Mexes, Philippe 30 March 1982 28 D AS Roma, Italy 18 0
Nasri, Samir 26 June 1987 23 M Arsenal FC, England 18 2
Payet, Florent Dimitri 29 March 1987
born in Reunion
23 F AS de Saint-Étienne Loire 2 0
Rami, Adil
عادل رامي
27 December 1985
born in Corsica
24 D Lille OSC 5 0
Rémy, Loїc 2 January 1987 23 F Olympique de Marseille 5 1
Réveillère, Anthony 10 November 1979 31 D Olympique Lyonnais 8 0
Sagna, Bacary 14 February 1983 27 D Arsenal FC, England 25 0
Sakho, Mamadou 13 February 1990 20 D Paris Saint-Germain FC 0 0
Valbuena, Mathieu 28 September 1984 26 F Olympique de Marseille 6 1

Squad details correct up to and including France's match against Luxembourg on 12 October 2010.
Tallies taken from FFF


Saturday, 6 November 2010 - A report from L'Equipe indicates that Laurent Blanc is ready to use France's forthcoming friendly against England to experiment with his squad somewhat, with the Auxerre duo of Cedric Hengbart and Benoit Pedretti, as well as Nancy's Julien Feret, included in 'Le President's' pre-selected panel.

The friendly encounter on November 17 provides Blanc with the opportunity to mix his squad up against high quality opponents in the knowledge that defeat will not be especially hurtful, and it seems that les Bleus' boss is prepared to take full advantage.

There is set to be heartbreak for right-back Hengbart, however, as his excellent form with AJA will not be rewarded with a cap due to an injury that will keep him out for the entirety of November.

Pedretti, who has 22 appearances to his name from 2002-2005, is also carrying a knock and will miss the Burgundy club's trip to Sochaux on Saturday, but he is poised to be named in the panel that travels to Wembley.

Playmaker Julien Feret has been one of the outstanding talents in Le Championnat this term, despite turning out for a relatively mediocre ASNL side. Formerly of Reims, the attacker was tipped to join the squad to face Romania and Luxembourg in the autumn but was ultimately overlooked. 

While there is set to be some experimentation in attack, Blanc has previously indicated his desire to keep his rearguard as steady as possible to allow them to build an understanding.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 - Laurent Blanc has recalled Barcelona defender Eric Abidal for next Wednesday's friendly against England.  Abidal, 31, was one of five players summoned by the French Football Federation to explain widespread unrest after their woeful World Cup campaign.  He escaped without sanction, but other players questioned - such as Manchester United's Patricera and Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka - remain overlooked.

Four English Premier League players are in Blanc's 22-man squad.  They are Arsenal's right-back Bacary Sagna, left-back Gael Clichy, midfielder Samir Nasri, along with Chelsea forward Florent Malouda.

Abidal's reprieve comes after a string of solid performances for the Spanish league champions.  Bordeaux captain Alou Diarra is also named in the squad, despite currently serving a six-game domestic suspension for pushing a referee in a league match at Auxerre last month.  Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery is another high-profile absentee from the French squad, though he is recovering from torn ankle ligaments and is not yet fully fit to play.

Monday, 15 November 2010 - Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul has been drafted into the France squad.  The 24-year-old has been called up by Laurent Blanc as cover for Roma centre-back Philippe Mexes, who picked up a calf injury at the weekend.  Kaboul made 18 appearances for France Under-21s but has yet to earn his first cap at senior level.

France Form: last six games
L L L W W W  f 8:a success: 50%
733 22 June 2010 - France 1 South Africa 2 [0-2]
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Khumalo, Mphela
734 11 August 2010 - Norway 2 France 1 [0-0]
Ullevål Stadion, Oslo
Huseklepp (2)
Ben Arfa
735 3 September 2010 - France 0 Belarus 1 [0-0]
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Kislyak ECP HL
736 7 September 2010 -
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 France 2
Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium
, Sarajevo
Benzema, Malouda AW
737 7 October 2010 - France 2 Romania 0 [0-0]
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Rémy, Gourcuff HW
738 11 October 2010 - France 2 Luxembourg 0 [1-0]
Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz
Benzema, Gourcuff HW