France coach Raymond Domenech has again left out striker David Trezeguet from his squad for this month’s Euro 2008 Group B qualifier in Ukraine.
Trezeguet, who has scored 10 goals in 11 Serie A matches for Juventus this season, has not played for France since a 1-0 home defeat by Scotland in a Euro qualifier in September.
“He’s made a bright start to the season. He is good,” Domenech told a news conference.
“But there is a lot of competition (to make the squad). However, the Euro finals are in eight months and we can still discuss things again.
“I hope he will keep going like this and that he will be at the Euro finals with us,” he added.
Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri is recalled to the squad that will host Morocco in a friendly on November 16 five days before the match in Kiev.
Lyon centre back Sebastien Squillaci has also returned at the expense of Roma’s Philippe Mexes.
France need a draw in Ukraine to reach next year’s European Championship finals, although they will qualify four days earlier if Italy win away to Scotland.
Goalkeepers: Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina), Mickael Landreau (Paris St Germain), Ulrich Rame (Bordeaux)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), William Gallas (Arsenal), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Bakary Sagna (Arsenal), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona)
Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Arsenal), Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Jerome Rothen (Paris St Germain), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Samir Nasri (Marseille)
Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Bolton Wanderers), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Hatem Ben Arfa (Lyon) (Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)