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Cisse dropped from France´s Euro 2008 squad

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 28 May 2008

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Djibril Cisse was one of seven members of France's Euro 2008 squad to be dropped by manager Raymond Domenech on Wednesday.

Domenech, unveiling his final 23-man squad for next month's championships, also left out Paris Saint Germain's Mickael Landreau, Julien Escude, Philippe Mexes, Alou Diarra, Mathieu Flamini and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Former Liverpool striker Cisse did himself no favours in France's warm-up friendly against Ecuador on Tuesday, the Marseille forward being the target of boos from the crowd after missing a header.

This is the second successive major competition he will have missed after breaking his leg in a friendly on the eve of the 2006 World Cup when bang in form.

Star of the show in Tuesday's 2-0 win was St Etienne striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who received just reward for producing two spectacular goals on his France debut by being included in the list unveiled at the dual European champion's official training centre.

He was the first French player to score a double on his first appearance for his country since Zinedine Zidane.

Also left in calculations for the 2008 finals co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland was another player being bloodied for the first time on Tuesday, Cisse's teammate Steve Mandanda.

France are drawn in the group of death, Group C, with the team that beat them in the World Cup final Italy, the Netherlands, and Romania.

France squad

Goalkeepers: Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina/ITA), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona/ESP), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), William Gallas (Arsenal/ENG), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich/GER), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona/ESP), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon)

Midfielders: Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth/ENG), Claude Makelele (Chelsea/ENG), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan/ITA)

Forwards:: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/ENG), Thierry Henry (Barcelona/ESP), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER), Samir Nasri (Marseille), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Bafetimbi Gomis (St Etienne)

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