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Gourcuff Cut From France Squad

Gourcuff Cut From France Squad Photo: TT

Yoann Gourcuff has been left out of Laurent Blanc’s final 23-man France squad ahead of the 2012 European Championships.

The Olympique Lyon midfielder has been overlooked after making the initial 27-man squad, along with Montpellier’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, while Loic Remy and Younes Kaboul drop out due to injury.

Gourcuff failed to impress in a friendly against Iceland after an unimpressive season in France with Lyon.

France are in Group D alongside England, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine. Les Bleus kick off their campaign against England on June 11.

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Midfielders: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yann M’Vila (Rennes), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Strikers: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (PSG), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

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