Pires axed by France
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robert Pires has been left out of the France squad for the clash with Poland.
Robert Pires has been left out of the France squad for the upcoming friendly clash with Poland.
The Arsenal winger was not called up by Raymond Domenech for the November 17 game following a row between the pair.
Indeed, Pires has been asked to meet with the France Football Federation this week to explain his view on an argument over sponsors, although the original date of the discussion needs to be rescheduled.
Domenech has introduced three uncapped players to the 19-man squad - Florent Malouda (Lyon), Camel Meriem (Bordeaux) and Sylvain Armand (Paris St Germain).
There is no place for Manchester City's Nicolas Anelka ahead of the Stade de France encounter with Domenech preferring to recall Manchester United's Louis Saha, despite his lack of goals so far this term.
However, the biggest question is whether Pires is merely being rested or was left out due to his poor relationship with the coach.
Fabien Barthez (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Nantes); Eric Abidal (Lyon), Sylvain Armand (PSG), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Rangers), William Gallas (Chelsea), Gael Givet (Monaco), Sebastien Squillaci (Monaco); Florent Malouda (Lyon), Rio-Antonio Mavuba (Bordeaux), Camel Meriem (Bordeaux), Benoit Pedretti (Marseille), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal); Pierre-Alain Frau (Lyon), Ludovic Giuly (Barcelona), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Louis Saha (Manchester United).