Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has expressed his unhappiness at his continued omission from the France squad, insisting: "I deserve my place".
Manchester City put four past Newcastle United, while Chelsea stumbled at Southampton losing 2-1 and Manchester United edged Sunderland 1-0 to move even closer to clinch their 20th Premier League title.
Following stumbles in the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup, Manchester United return to league action with a home outing against managerless Reading while secod-placed Manchester City face a tough challenge at Everton.
A back problem has forced Gael Clichy to withdraw from France's squad to face Italy this week, with Bordeaux defender Benoit Tremoulinas called up as a replacement.
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Gael Clichy have both said Les Bleus final Group D outing against Sweden was a poor showing, but expect they'll perform against Spain in the last eight.
France defender Gael Clichy chats with FIFA.com about his hopes for success with Les Bleus at UEFA EURO 2012 and the drama-charged experience of winning the English Premier League title with Manchester City on the final day.