France cuts Gourcuff, Yanga-Mbiwa to finalize team
Paris, France (Sports Network) - France coach Laurent Blanc cut midfielder Yoan Gourcuff and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on Tuesday as he finalized the Euro 2012 roster.
Blanc initially named a 26-man provisional roster, and after Loic Remy dropped out last week due to injury, Gourcuff and Yanga-Mbiwa were the last two to go to reach the 23-player limit.
Gourcuff has played 29 times for France but struggled over the last season for Lyon, and Yanga-Mbiwa played well for Montpellier but has yet to play for the national team.
France plays Serbia and Estonia in pre-Euro friendlies before its Group D game against England on June 11. France also plays Sweden and co-host Ukraine in the group stage.
Following is the complete France roster:
Goalkeepers: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea ), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (PSG), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).