Djibril Cisse has again been dropped from France’s 23 man squad for the upcoming Euro 2008 tournament, but Newcastle target Bafe Gomis, has been included, following his excellent two goal debut for France last night.
Bafe Gomis – included in 23 man squad for France in Euro 2008
Former Liverpool forward Cisse also missed the 2006 World Cup after breaking his leg in a warm-up game.
Gomis has forced his way into the squad at the expense of two experienced strikers in Cisse and David Trezeguet, despite the fact the 22-year-old Gomis had his first cap for France last night against Ecuador in Paris.
Of course Gomis celebrated his first cap with two goals to earn France a 2-0 win over Ecuador, in a Euro 2008 warm-up in Paris.
Marseilles youngster Samir Nasri, who will move to Arsenal this summer, has been preferred to Lyon protege Hatem Ben Arfa, and still uncapped goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, Nasri’s club team-mate, is picked ahead of Paris St Germain’s Mickael Landreau.
Newcastle fans will be interested to see that former Newcastle center-back Jean-Alain Boumsong, and his Lyon team-mate Sebastien Squillaci have both been included ahead of Julien Escude and the injured Philippe Mexes.
Lilian Thurman, the 36 year-old veteran French defender, who is now at Barcelona, and has played 136 times for his country, is also included in the 23 man squad.
Goalkeepers: Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina/ITA), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Patrice Evra ( /ENG), William Gallas (Arsenal/ENG), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich/GER), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona/ESP), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon)
Midfielders: Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth/ENG), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan/ITA)(Chelsea/ENG), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon),
Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/ENG), Thierry Henry (Barcelona/ESP), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), (Bayern Munich/GER), Samir Nasri (Marseille), (Lyon), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Bafetimbi Gomis (St Etienne)