Morgan Schneiderlin Replaces Lasanna Diarra in France's Euro 2016 Squad

Updated: 01 June 2016 13:19 IST

France, who are two-time European champions, will be bolstered by the inclusion of Morgan Schneiderlin who was signed by English club Manchester United for 25 million pounds before the start of 2014/15 Premier League season

Morgan Schneiderlin Replaces Lasanna Diarra in France's Euro 2016 Squad
France are aiming for a third Euro title after winning the championship in 1984 and 2000 © AFP

Paris:

Lassana Diarra has become Euro 2016 host France's latest injury casualty after the midfielder was ruled out of the tournament with a knee problem, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Marseille player, who was nominated for the French Ligue 1 player of the season award, is replaced in the squad by Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin.

Diarra hardly trained all week with the France team at Clairefontaine outside Paris and left the pitch at half-time in Monday's 3-2 pre-tournament friendly win over Cameroon in Nantes.

"Taking stock of the situation, Lassana Diarra honestly expressed to the coach on Tuesday night his inability to compete in the Euro to the best of his ability," the FFF said in a statement.

Diarra's withdrawal is the latest blow to France coach Didier Deschamps' plans, having already seen centre-backs Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu pull out injured, while he did not select Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho after he failed a drugs test in March.

France, European champions in 1984 and 2000, are currently at a training camp in Austria.

They will stay in Austria until June 4 where they will play a final preparation friendly against Scotland. The hosts kick off their Euro campaign against Romania at the Stade de France on June 10.

France squad for Euro 2016:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Benoit Costil (Rennes)

Defenders: Adil Rami (Sevilla), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Samuel Umtiti (Lyon), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Lucas Digne (Roma - on loan from Paris Saint-Germain), Christophe Jallet (Lyon)

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Juventus), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), N'Golo Kante (Leicester City), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich - on loan from Juventus), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres)

Standby: Alphonse Areola (Villarreal - on loan from Paris Saint-Germain), Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice), Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla/ESP), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain), Djibril Sidibe (Lille)

Topics : Euro 2016 France Dimitri Payet Morgan Schneiderlin Football
Highlights
  • France announced their 23-man squad for Euro 2016
  • Injured Lassana Diarra replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin
  • France kick off their Euro campaign against Romania on June 10
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