Injured Koscielny makes France squad
Uncapped Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been named in the France squad for next month's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Albania and Romania despite picking up an injury last weekend. The 25-year-old missed last night's 2-1 win at Udinese, which secured the Gunners' place in the UEFA Champions League group stage, after hurting his back early in Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
Koscielny received his first call-up for February's friendly against Brazil but played no part in the 1-0 victory at the Stade de France. Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc has stuck with Adil Rami despite the fact the Valencia defender will be suspended for the Albania game.
Barcelona's Eric Abidal and Tottenham's Younes Kaboul look set to be Blanc's centre-back pairing against the Albanians, with Manchester United's Patrice Evra returning at left-back after he was included at the expense of Manchester City's Gael Clichy. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena have also been recalled.
Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille);
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal);
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yan M'Vila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille);
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Paris St Germain), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain), Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain), Loic Remy (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).