Domenech may pick rookies
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Raymond Domenech admits he could put his faith in his rookies against Lithuania.
Raymond Domenech admits he could put his faith in his rookies for France's Euro 2008 qualifier in Lithuania.
Les Bleus have called up youngsters Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema for the game, along with the uncapped Frederic Piquionne.
Domenech has settled on his team for the game with Lithuania and is not ruling out appearances for the untried members of his squad.
"I already know who is going to start the match, but there are still four days remaining," Domenech told AFP.
"But I am not rigid, things can change regarding the fitness of players.
"The players who appear in the selection for the first time could play on Saturday. It doesn't worry me.
"If I take them, it means that they are able to play. They are all used to playing regularly in high-level competitions."
Meanwhile, Piquionne, who is on loan at Monaco from St Etienne, admits his call-up to the France squad has left him feeling like a teenager.
The striker told Football365: "I feel like a youngster who joins Les Bleus. Even if I am 28, I feel like I am 19 in my head.
"My efforts have paid off, it is a huge satisfaction. I am proud and surprised to be there.
"I was watching the announcement of the list on TV because it always interests me. When I saw my name, I immediately called my parents. It is very rare to be called up at the age of 28.
"It is not a problem to explode lately, because I am living my childhood dream. It is kind of weird to be with World Cup players."