Mexes out of France squad
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
France boss Jacques Santini has named his provisional squad for the Euro 2004 finals on Tuesday with Philippe Mexes left out of the 23-man party.
The Auxerre defender, courted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, has been unable to force his way into Santini's plans and there was also disappointment for the likes of AJA team-mate Olivier Kapo, who is joining Juventus, and Sidney Govou.
Sylvain Wiltord is handed a vote of confidence after his injury problems and failure to agree a new contract with Premiership champions Arsenal while Louis Saha has done enough to fill in for the suspended Djibril Cisse.
France are the favourites to lift the trophy in Portugal and have a number of players who have experience of winning major trophies following their World Cup success in 1998 and Euro 2000 triumph.
Fabien Barthez (Marseille), Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Mickael Landreau (Nantes); Jean-Alain Boumsong (Auxerre), Marcel Desailly (Chelsea), William Gallas (Chelsea), Bixente Lizarazu (Bayern Munich), Mikael Silvestre (Manchester United), Lilian Thuram (Juventus), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich); Ludovic Giuly (Monaco), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Olivier Dacourt (Roma), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Robert Pires (Arsenal), Jerome Rothen (Monaco), Sylvain Wiltord (Arsenal), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Benoit Pedretti (Sochaux); Thierry Henry (Arsenal), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Louis Saha (Manchester United), Steve Marlet (Marseille).