Unpredictable coach of the French national side, Raymond Domenech, has offered Julien Escude something of an olive branch by recalling him to the squad that will face Argentina next week, while Toulouse goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso is also included in the pool.
Since picking up a last minute injury prior to Euro 2008, Escude has been estranged from the les Bleus' squad but the Sevilla defender has been offered a recall to face Argentina in Marseille.
Any French team picked by Domenech is never shy of a surprise and, on this occasion, the pick that will raise eyebrows will be Toulouse goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso. This will be a doubly special occasion for the 27-year-old goalkeeper, as he has spent the vast bulk of his career playing at the Stade Velodrome and so next Wednesday’s match will be something of an emotional return.
Carrasso cannot expect to see any game time as his path is barred by Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda, the man who forced him away from the Velodrome.
Otherwise, the squad is very much as expected, with the inclusion of three defensive midfielders indicating that Domenech is likely to persist with a 4-2-3-1 system.
The France squad to face Argentina on Wednesday, February 11:
Goalkeepers: Steve Mandanda, Hugo Lloris, Cedric Carrasso
Defenders: Eric Abidal, Gael Clichy, Julien Escude, Rod Fanni, William Gallas, Philippe Mexes, Bacary Sagna, Sebastien Squillaci.
Midfielders: Alou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, Jeremy Toulalan.
Forwards: Nicolas Anelka, Karim Benzema, Jimmy Briand, Yoann Gourcuff, Thierry Henry, Samir Nasri, Franck Ribery
Robin Bairner, Goal.com