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By ESPN Staff
Feb 5, 2009

Toulouse goalkeeper Carrasso gets shock call

Toulouse goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso has been handed a surprise call-up by France coach Raymond Domenech for next Wednesday's international friendly against Argentina in Marseille.

Carrasso will be the third-choice goalkeeper, behind Steve Mandanda and Hugo Lloris, in Domenech's 21-man squad for the match after impressing this season following his summer move to Les Violets from Marseille.

Sevilla centre-back Julien Escude makes his return to the squad, with Lyon's Jean-Alain Boumsong dropping out as a result, while there is again no room for out-of-favour Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is not included as he is on his way back from a foot problem, meaning Gael Clichy and Eric Abidal will battle it out for the left-back berth.

Captain Patrick Vieira, winger Sidney Govou and defender Mickael Silvestre are among the other players missing because of injury.

Raymond Domenech has not given up hope of an international return for injured midfielder Patrick Vieira.

The 32-year-old Inter Milan player has been sidelined by an Achilles problem and said last month he would consider quitting the national team if injuries continued to disrupt his career.

"I am confident he will be back," Domenech told a news conference on Thursday after announcing his 21-man squad for next week's friendly international against Argentina in Marseille.

"I hope for it, I wish it, I believe it. His coach at Inter (Jose Mourinho) also believes it as he registered him for the Champions League."

France's 21-man squad for their friendly with Argentina in Marseille next Wednesday:

Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Cedric Carrasso (Toulouse); Philippe Mexes (Roma), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Sebastien Squillaci, Julien Escude (both Sevilla), William Gallas (Arsenal); Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux); Karim Benzema (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Jimmy Briand (Rennes), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).

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