Evra and Mendy in squad
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
France coach Jacques Santini has named a 31-man squad for the friendly with Brazil that gives some clues to his final 23 for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.
Opportunities have been handed to several fringe players including Manchester United striker Louis Saha, who marked his debut against Belgium with a goal.
Patrice Evra has been called into the squad for the first time after an outstanding season with UEFA Champions League finalists Monaco and the young defender will be keen to make a late push for inclusion on the plane for Portugal.
Fabien Barthez and Steve Marlet have been excluded due to their Uefa Cup final commitments with Marseille, but four of Monaco's successful side are in the party.
Paris Saint Germain defender Bernard Mendy, formerly with Bolton Wanderers, and Arsenal's Sylvain Wiltord, who is back from injury, are also in Santini's plans. However, there was no place for Manchester City's Nicolas Anelka.
"I trust Sylvain," Santini said of Wiltord. "I want him to play against Brazil but only the medical tests can give the green light."
The clash with the world champions marks Fifa's centenary and should be an entertaining affair.
Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Mickael Landreau (Nantes), Ulrich Rame (Bordeaux); Jean Alain Boumsong (Auxerre), Marcel Desailly (Chelsea), Patrice Evra (Monaco), William Gallas (Chelsea), Bixente Lizarazu (Bayern Munich), Bernard Mendy (PSG), Mikael Silvestre (Manchester United), Sebastien Squillaci (Monaco), Lilian Thuram (Juventus), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Philippe Mexes (Auxerre); Ousmane Dabo (Lazio), Ludovic Giuly (Monaco), Olivier Kapo (Auxerre), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Olivier Dacourt (Roma), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Robert Pires (Arsenal), Jerome Rothen (Monaco), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Johan Micoud (Werder Bremen), Benoit Pedretti (Sochaux); Sylvain Wiltord (Arsenal), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Pegguy Luyindula (Lyon), Louis Saha (Manchester United).