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TEAM NEWS: France face Albania with Loic Remy & Bafetimbi Gomis in attack

TEAM NEWS: France face Albania with Loic Remy & Bafetimbi Gomis in attack


Blanc has opted to stick by his 4-2-3-1 system for this clash, with Debuchy handed an international debut at right-back

France coach Laurent Blanc has elected to start with Bafetimbi Gomis and Loic Remy in attack as they meet with Albania in a vital Euro 2012 qualifying encounter.

Missing a plethora of top stars, including Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Bacary Sagna, the former Bordeaux boss has been forced into a significant re-jig of his side.

There is a somewhat surprising call for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye in the heart of the field, where he will be joined by highly-rated Rennes youngster Yann M'Vila, though the decision to select Samir Nasri, Florent Malouda and Remy would suggest that a 4-2-3-1 formation will be maintained.

At the back, Mathieu Debuchy is given a debut in the right-back berth after turning in a series of impressive performances for Lille this season.

Albania captain Lorik Cana will gain a great deal of attention on his return to France, where he enjoyed a successful stint with Marseille. In total, the visitors have made six changes to the panel that lost 2-1 to France in Tirana back on September 2.

France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Kaboul, Evra; Cabaye, M'Vila; Remy, Nasri, Malouda; Gomis

Subs: Mandanda, Cisse, Martin, Reveillere, Menez, Diarra, Koscielny

Albania (4-2-3-1): Ujkani; Dallku, Cana, Lila, Vangjeli; Lilaj, Hyka, Duro, Roshi, Salihi; Muzaka