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Friday October 4 2013
Rami out of France squad

Valencia defender Adil Rami is notably out of the latest France squad, just as Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema are called.

Rami is currently suspended by his club after publicly criticising teammates and his Coach and looks unlikely to play for Los Che again, with a move away in January seen as in the pipeline.

For Les Bleus’ upcoming friendly with Australia and closing World Cup qualifier at home to Finland, Didier Deschamps has opted against selecting the 27-year-old.

However, there is an immediate return to the team for Varane, despite only returning to playing action this midweek for Real Madrid at home to Copenhagen.

Alongside the young centre-back, under-pressure striker Benzema has kept his place in the squad, even as in the most recent games with France he had dropped to the bench.

France squad to face Australia and Finland

Goalkeepers: Mickaël Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille)

Defenders: Eric Abidal (Monaco), Gaël Clichy (Manchester City), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Clément Grenier (Olympique Lyonnais), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (Olympique Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille), Loïc Rémy (Newcastle)

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