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France Euro 2012: the 23-man squad

FRANCE’S players will be €320,000 richer if they win Euro 2012.

That is the reward for victory, although should they fail to reach the quarter-finals, they will get nothing.

Laurent Blanc’s side are under pressure to perform well this summer, following their disastrous outing in South Africa in 2010.

The World Cup winning defender has selected seven Premier League-based players as part of his 23-man squad.

Manchester City and Newcastle United each have two representatives, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have one.

Perhaps surprisingly, 12 players ply their trade in France, despite Ligue 1 recently being named only the sixth best division in Europe.

There are also representatives from players who play in Italy, Spain and Germany.

 

The 23-man squad:


Goalkeepers

Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux)

Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon)

Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille)

 

Defenders

Gael Clichy (Manchester City)

Mathieu Debuchy (Lille)

Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Philippe Mexès (AC Milan)

Adil Rami (Valencia CF)

Anthony Réveillère (Olympique Lyon)

 

Midfielders

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)

Alou Diarra (Olympique Marseille)

Florent Malouda (Chelsea)

Marvin Martin (Sochaux)

Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Yann M’Vila (Stade Rennais)

Samir Nasri (Manchester City)

 

Forwards

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)

Jérémy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain)

Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)

Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille)

See my next blog for my analysis of some of the players to look out for.

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