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Cabaye Off To Euro 2016

12 May 2016

Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been included in France's squad for Euro 2016.

The midfielder has been selected by Didier Deschamps as part of his 23-man party who will be aiming to win the tournament on their own turf, as they did when they won the World Cup back in 1998.

This is the third international tournament call-up in a row for the 29-year-old, who also played in Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, and since making his debut for Les Bleus in 2010 he has won 44 caps and scored four times.

Before the tournament, France will be in friendly action when they play Cameroon in Nantes on 30th May before taking on Scotland in Metz six days later, and then kick off the competition when they face Romania on 10th June.

They then face Albania in Marseille five days after that, before rounding off the group stage against Switzerland on 19th June in Lille.

Cabaye recently spoke to the Palace programme about the competition, saying: “The group could have been worse, but we still have to play the games and the first one against Romania will be really important.

“We are playing for our country and we have to be focused on that and play as hard as we can to get something. With the fans and the atmosphere they’ll create, I hope they will help us a lot. 

"The last time we hosted a tournament was the World Cup in 1998 and France won it, so I can understand what the fans expect and that’s why it can be good for us, but at the same time there is a pressure, and we have to turn that into good focus and motivation.

"We’ve worked really hard to play as a team and be a real group. We are determined to go as far as we can and our target has to be the last four, and play to win the tournament.”

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