Arsenal Defender Gael Clichy Desperate To Make France’s World Cup 2010 Squad

Gunners full-back keen to feature in first international tournament…
Arsenal defender Gael Clichy is eager to force his way into France manager Raymond Domenech’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup.

The 24-year-old has been named in his country’s 30-man provisional squad, which has now been cut to just 23 names after the omission of six players and the injury to Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra.

However, Domenech has the option of recalling any players from his provisional squad, which means Clichy is still not certain of making the trip to South Africa.

The Gunners full-back failed to make the France squad for Euro 2008 and is hopeful of featuring in a first tournament for his country.

"Maybe I am among the players who are (in danger). If I am the player who leaves, of course there will be disappointment but I hope I'm not that player," Clichy told the Evening Standard.

"We don't know if the coach wants to keep the same 23 players, or whether he will call up another player."

Eric Abidal looks likely to play at centre-back in South Africa, and Patrice Evra is a shoe-in to start at left-back, while Anthony Reveillere is vying for a place in the squad alongside Clichy.

"If you start analyzing things, then anyone can say, 'Yes, I have got a chance', but the reality is that it could all change tomorrow," Clichy said.

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