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Sissoko wins first call up into France squad

Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been called up by France for the first time ahead of their World Cup Group Seven qualifying match against the Faroe Islands next week.

Sissoko, 19, is the only newcomer in a 22-man squad named by coach Raymond Domenech, which also includes Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery who has recently been troubled by a knee complaint.

There is no room for captain and midfielder Patrick Vieira, who is still not fully match fit, but Chelsea winger Florent Malouda is retained and Arsenal centre-back William Gallas is recalled after recovering from knee-ligament damage.

Samir Nasri (fractured fibula) misses out through injury.

Teenager Sissoko has been linked with a number of leading European sides after impressing last season for Toulouse. He has been a regular in France's Under-21 team.

France, who play the Faroe Islands in Torshavn a week on Wednesday, are currently second in their group, eight points behind leaders Serbia.

Serbia, however, have played two games more than France, and the two countries have to meet in what could turn out to be a pool decider in Belgrade on September 9.

The Faroes are bottom of the group with one point from five matches.

France squad: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille); Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Julien Escude (Sevilla), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rod Fanni (Rennes), William Gallas, Bacary Sagna (both Arsenal), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla); Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon); Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Loic Remy (Nice), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).

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