The France squad for the World Cup was finalised on Monday evening via a memo on the FFF’s (Federation Francaise de Football) official website, with the confirmation of the 23-man squad currently in Tignes will travel to South Africa.
There were significant doubts over the fitness of Arsenal centre-back William Gallas, who missed the end of the season due to a calf injury, but the 32-year-old has been passed fit by coach Raymond Domenech after training with the team in their Alpine base.
Aside from his previous injury, the defender also injured a hand when he rolled a kart during a team building exercise, though that has not impacted upon his availability.
When Lassana Diarra pulled out of the squad over the weekend, there were suggestions that Girondins de Bordeaux defender Marc Planus could drop out to be replaced by a holding midfielder, but that will not be the case.
Les Bleus play their first build-up friendly on Wednesday evening, when they face Costa Rica in Lens. A 4-3-3 formation has been tried in training, with Thierry Henry playing through the centre of the offence supported by Andre-Pierre Gignac and Franck Ribery in the wider areas.
A midfield of Yoann Gourcuff, Jeremy Toulalan and Florent Malouda may well be deployed, while the defence is expected to comprise of Gallas and Eric Abidal in the centre, flanked by Bacary Sagna and Patrice Evra. Hugo Lloris should play in goal.
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