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This Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows France, from left to right back row, Eric Abidal, Adil Rami, Loic Remy, Karim Benzema, Captain and goal keeper Hugo Lloris, Mamadou Sakho, and front row from left to right, Anthony Reveillere, Marvin Martin, Yohan Cabaye, Franck Ribery,Yann M'Vila, pose prior to a friendly soccer match against Belgium at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, north of Paris.

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France coach Laurent Blanc dropped midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and defender Mapou Yanga Mbiwa when he named his 23-man squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday.

Olympique Lyon playmaker Gourcuff had a mediocre domestic season and failed to convince in a 3-2 friendly win against Iceland on Sunday.

France are drawn in Group D against England, co-hosts Ukraine and Sweden in the June 8-July 1 tournament.

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Les Bleus, who are unbeaten in their last 19 games, will start their campaign against England in Donetsk, Ukraine, on June 11.


Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux)

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Olympique Lyon

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Alou Diarra (Olympique Marseille), Yann M'vila (Stade Rennes), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain)

Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille). (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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