Rennes goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez has been handed a debut call-up to the France squad by Raymond Domenech, who also confirmed the absence of Yoann Gourcuff through injury.

The playmaker picked up a thigh strain in Bordeaux's UEFA Champions League victory over Maccabi Haifa last night, and will now play no part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Austria.

Douchez , 29, is one of four goalkeepers in the 24-man squad. Moussa Sissoko has been named in the list for the second time, but there is no place for Loic Remy following Nice's poor run of results.

France face Faroe Islands on 10 October in Guingamp, before meeting Austria in Saint-Denis four days later. Les Bleus are second in Group 7, four points behind Serbia and four ahead of Austria.

France squad
Carrasso (Bordeaux), Douchez (Rennes), Lloris (Lyon), Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Abidal (Barcelona), Clichy (Arsenal), Escude (Sevilla), Evra (Manchester United), Fanni (Rennes), Gallas (Arsenal), Sagna (Arsenal), Squillaci (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Diaby (Arsenal), L Diarra (Real Madrid), A Diarra (Bordeaux), Malouda (Chelsea), Sissoko (Toulouse), Toulalan (Lyon), Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Anelka (Chelsea), Benzema (Real Madrid), Gignac (Toulouse), Govou (Lyon), Henry (Barcelona).