Franck Ribery included in France's final squad
France midfielder Franck Ribery has been included in the country's final 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.
The Bayern man's back trouble caused him to miss the 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay on Sunday but manager Didier Deschamps has always expressed his optimism and insisted that his star man could be fit for France's opening Group E clash with Honduras on June 15.
Indeed, the only change from Deschamps' initial squad last month was Stephane Ruffier who is in for fellow goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who cracked a vertebra in his neck while playing for club side Marseille.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne)
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcastle United), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).