Bleus drop Benzema

[FRANCE] Young Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, one of three French stars involved in a police investigation of an escort network that gripped France, was not included in French coach Raymond Domenech's 30-player provisional roster for the World Cup.

Other stars not picked: midfielders Samir Nasri (Arsenal) and Patrick Vieira (Manchester City)

France Roster:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Mickael Landreau (Lille).
Defenders: Patrice Evra (Man. United), Eric Abidal (Barcelona), William Gallas (Arsenal), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Adil Rami (Lille).
Midfielders: Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Yann M'Vila (Rennes).
Forwards: Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Rennes), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

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