Sagna not included in France squad despite Arsenal return

The Gunners' right-back is not considered fit enough by Didier Deschamps, despite featuring several times in recent weeks while Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa is also dropped
Bacary Sagna has not has been called up to the France squad for the friendly match against Italy next week.

The Arsenal right-back has featured several times in recent weeks after recovering from a broken leg, but has not been able to prove his fitness to les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema misses out due to injury, as does Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who is yet to force his way back into Deschamps' plans following his disciplinary problems at Euro 2012.

Veteran midfielder Steed Malbranque also misses out on a place, despite recent reports suggesting he could earn a surprise call-up to the squad.

Les Bleus will travel to Italy to take on the Euro 2012 finalists on Wednesday November 14.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Lille), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille)

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Christophe Jallet (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mamadou Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Yoann Gourcuff (Olympique Lyonnais), Maxime Gonalons (Olympique Lyonnais), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Olympique Lyonnais), Jeremy Menez (Paris Saint-Germain), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)