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TEAM NEWS: Laurent Blanc axes Samir Nasri & Florent Malouda as France make five changes

TEAM NEWS: Laurent Blanc axes Samir Nasri & Florent Malouda as France make five changes


After narrowly defeating Albania at the weekend, France have made four changes to their side for Tuesday's game against Romania

France coach Laurent Blanc has reacted to Friday's unconvincing victory over Albania by making five changes to his side that will face Romania on Tuesday evening, the most prominent of which is the former Bordeaux boss' decision to drop Samir Nasri.

The Manchester City star was unconvincing on Friday evening, and along with Chelsea's Florent Malouda, Marseille's Alou Diarra and Tottenham's Younes Kaboul will find himself on the bench in Bucharest.

By cutting Nasri and Diarra, Blanc will put to bed suggestions that he favoured players attached to agent Jean-Pierre Bernes, who also happens to be his representative.

Into the starting XI come Adil Rami following a one-match ban and Bacary Sagna after illness, but the more profound changes come further forward, the most surprising of which is the inclusion of Yohan Cabaye into the midfield, where he will be joined by Sochaux playmaker Marvin Martin. The final addition is Marseille winger Mathieu Valbuena, who is expected to play in a front three composed of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery.

Tatarusanu; Goian, Rat, Chiriches, Sapunaru; Nicolita, Bourceanu, Lazar, Cocis, Tanase; Marica
Subs: Pantilimon, M. Niculae, Latovlevici, Luchin, Stancu, Bucue, Moti

Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Abidal, Evra; Cabaye, M’Vila, Martin; Valbuena, Benzema, Ribery
Subs: Mandanda, Koscielny, Nasri, Reveillere, Malouda, Diarra, Remy