Toulalan and Faubert earn first call-up for France
PARIS, Aug 9 (Reuters) Olympique Lyon midfielder Jeremy Toulalan and Girondins Bordeaux's Julien Faubert earned their first call-up for France today for next week's friendly international against Bosnia in Sarajevo.
Toulalan, 22, and Faubert, 23, were two key members of the team which reached the semi-final of the Under-21 European championships in Portugal in May.
Banking on young blood, coach Raymond Domenech left out veteran defender Lilian Thuram who has still to make up his mind about his international career.
Lyon goalkeeper Gregory Coupet will get the number one spot back as Fabien Barthez is still without a club since he left Olympique Marseille in May.
Squad: Goalkeepers: Gregory Coupet (Olympique Lyon), MickaJel Landreau (Paris St Germain) Defenders: Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Newcastle United), FranEcois Clerc (Olympique Lyon), William Gallas (Chelsea), Gael Givet (Monaco), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich) Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Racing Lens), Julien Faubert (Girondins Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Olympique Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Girondins Bordeaux), Jeremy Toulalan (Olympique Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan) Strikers: Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Franck Ribery (Olympique Marseille), Louis Saha (Manchester United), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Sylvain Wiltord (Olympique Lyon) REUTERS PM PM1801