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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Arsenal Players in France Team Against Romania

Today, the French national football squad of 22-members was announced for the match against Romania. It is a world cup 2010 qualifying match and it is very important for France. France in the first match suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat against Austria in Austria and then won the home match against Serbia by 2-1. The good news for the French fans is that Patrick Vieira and Franck Ribery have been called back. Both of them were injured for sometime. Well, you know that Patrick Vieira used to play for Arsenal and he is considered to be one of the greatest Arsenal players among the fans. I was also happy to see two more Arsenal players in the defense. They are Arsenal captain William Gallas and Gael Clichy. There is another player in the defense who is Bacary Sagna from the London club. In midfield, I have talked about Patrick Vieira who now plays for Inter Milan and used to be in London in the past. In the forward line up, there is Thierry Henry who is currently playing for Barcelona, but in the past, he used to play for Arsenal. So, you can see that the past and present players of this London club constitute a significant portion French national team now.

I am happy for it and it did not surprise me because Arsene Wenger is from France. The only thing shocking to me is that Samir Nasri was not included in the 22-men squad. Coach Raymond Domenech thinks that Samir Nasri is not fit enough yet to play in the international level. Well, he may be wrong because in the midweek Samir Nasri played against Porto and was impressive.

Here, I am giving the names of the full squad of France for the Romania Match from Reuters:

Goalkeepers: Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon)

Defenders: William Gallas (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Rod Fanni (Stade Rennais), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan), Jeremy Toulalan (Olympique Lyon), Alou Diarra (Girondins Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth)

Forwards: Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Karim Benzema (Olympique Lyon), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Yoann Gourcuff (Girondins Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Florent Sinama-Pongolle (Atletico Madrid), Hatem Ben Arfa (Olympique Marseille). (Editing by Clare Fallon)

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