Gourcuff and Yanga-Mbiwa cut from France Euro 2012 squad

The Lyon man will not go to Poland and Ukraine after a disappointing season, while the Montpellier defender is also to miss out despite an impressive Ligue 1 winning campaign
Laurent Blanc has finalised the France squad that will travel to Poland and Ukraine, by cutting Yoann Gourcuff and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from his unit.

Initially the France boss had named a total of 27 players in his pre-selection panel, but Olympique de Marseille’s Loic Remy dropped out last week because of a thigh problem sustained at the tail end of the Ligue 1 season along with Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul, who is also stricken.

Speculation was rife as to the identities of the other two unfortunate men would be, but Gourcuff was always considered to be a likely player to drop out after a difficult campaign with Olympique Lyonnais. He was given the chance to impress in Sunday’s 3-2 friendly win over Iceland in Valenciennes, but clearly did not do enough in Blanc’s eyes to justify his selection.

Yanga-Mbiwa, meanwhile, was one of four centre-backs named in the initial squad, but the uncapped Montpellier player will not travel to Ukraine with the rest of the team, with his lack of experience probably a key factor in the coach’s decision making.

France meet Serbia on Thursday and then face Estonia on June 5 as their warm-up matches end. They will meet England, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine in Group D of the competition proper.

France's 23-man squad to play Euro 2012:

Name Club
Hugo Lloris
Steve Mandanda
Cedric Carrasso
Gael Clichy Manchester City
Mathieu Debuchy
Patrice Evra Manchester United
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal
Philippe Mexes Roma
Adil Rami Valencia
Anthony Reveillere
Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle
Yohan Cabaye Newcastle
Alou Diarra
Yann M'Vila
Marvin Martin
Florent Malouda Chelsea
Blaise Matuidi PSG
Samir Nasri Manchester City
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich
Karim Benzema Real Madrid
Olivier Giroud Montpellier
Jeremy Menez PSG
Mathieu Valbuena Marseille