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Mandanda In, Cabaye Out Of France Squad

3 November 2016

Steve Mandanda have been called up for France's matches in the upcoming international break, but Yohan Cabaye has missed out on selection.

The 24-time capped Eagles goalkeeper has been selected by Didier Deschamps for Les Bleu's third 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday 11th November in Saint-Denis, before taking on the Ivory Coast in a friendly in Lens four days later.

The game against the Swedes is a big one in the race to reach Russia in a little over 18 months' time, with the two top in Group A going head-to-head, locked on seven points apiece.

A Paul Pogba goal was enough to clinch a big 1-0 win for France against Holland in their last match, with Mandanda remaining on the bench for that game as understudy for national team captain Hugo Lloris.

Meanwhile, Cabaye has been omitted from Deschamps' squad for the upcoming matches, with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot preferred instead. The Palace midfielder is one of a number of big names left out, including Karim Benzema, Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette.

France squad for the matches against Sweden and Ivory Coast:
Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace)

Defenders: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Lucas Digne (FC Barcelona), Layvin Kurzawa (PSG), Sebastien Corchia (Lille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Adrien Rabiot (PSG)

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Kevin Gameiro (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

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