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Blanc calls up Gomis for Euro qualifiers run-in
Published : 29 Sep 2011 14:05:38
France coach Laurent Blanc has called up in-form Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis for the two remaining Euro 2012 qualifiers against Albania and Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Gomis, back on national duty after a two-year absence, was the only new name figuring in the list of 24 players released on Thursday for next month's Stade de France double act.
France can finish top of Group D if they take four points from the qualifiers against Albania on October 7 and Bosnia four days later with Blanc counting on Gomes translating his buoyant league form to the international scene to seal France's Euro ticket.
He makes his return for Les Bleus as a result of his six goals for Lyon this season, making him the French first division's co-top scorer, as well as the absence of Paris Saint Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau, who is unavailable after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Gomis opened his Champions League account when scoring for Lyon against dynamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
Blanc will be hoping the powerful forward adds some zest to the France attack after his side's disappointing goalless draw last time out with Romania.
France top Group D on 17 points, one clear of Bosnia.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG), Adil Rami (Valencia/ESP), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham/ENG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG)
Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Marseille), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle/ENG), Yann Mvila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Jeremy Menez (PSG), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
Forwards: Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), LoÃ¯c Remy (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER)