Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has been called up to the France squad for the upcoming friendlies against Spain and Serbia, replacing the injured Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny.
Mathieu, 30, joined Barca from Valencia for 20 million euros this summer, and has started both of his new club's La Liga games to date.
France coach Didier Deschamps has resisted the temptation to force Franck Ribery's hand and has left the Bayern Munich star out of his squad for Les Bleus' upcoming friendlies.
After missing out on the World Cup with a back injury, Ribery, 31, announced via German media earlier this month he would no longer represent his country.
There had been a suggestion, including from Deschamps himself, that he may decide to call up the former Marseille man for the matches with Spain in Paris on Sept. 4 and...
Mathieu Valbuena got the green light from France coach Didier Deschamps before deciding to join Dinamo Moscow this summer, the midfielder told RMC.
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Valbuena, 30, has been one of Deschamps' most impressive performers in the former France captain's two-year tenure at the head of Les Bleus, and was influential in his nation's run to the World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil.
However, with Marseille looking to reduce their wage bill, Valbuena signed a thre...
Franck Ribery is targeting a return to action for Bayern Munich after the international break, he has told Bild.
The 31-year-old former France player retired from international football earlier this month. He missed the World Cup with a back injury, but returned to Bayern training in July.