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France call up Higuain

Teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain is called up by France for Greece friendly.

Teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain has been called up by France for next Wednesday's friendly international against Greece.

The 18-year-old, who plays for River Plate in Argentina, has been named in French coach Raymond Domenech's 24-man squad for the clash at the Stade de France.

Higuain, a target of a number of top Ligue 1 clubs, was born in France and has Argentinian parents.

Domenech has had his eye on the youngster for some time and is looking forward to seeing him at close quarters.

"Higuain is a beautiful story," said Domenech. "A player born in France who stayed a few months before moving to Argentina.

"He is a boy in the starting XI at River Plate, so we need to see him."

He is joined in the squad by uncapped teenage striker Karim Benzema of Lyon.

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is recalled to the squad for the first time since leaving Monaco in January.

But there is no place for David Trezeguet, who has come under fire after recent performances for the national team.

The France squad to face Greece:
Goalkeepers : Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Mickael Landreau (Paris Saint Germain)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Lyon), Francois Clerc (Lyon), Julien Escude (Sevilla), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Wiliam Gallas (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (Roma), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona)
Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Lyon), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Gonzalo Higuain (River Plate), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Florent Malouda (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Bordeaux), Franck Ribery ( Marseille), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Internazionale), Sylvain Wiltord (Lyon)
Strikers: Nicolas Anelka (Bolton Wanderers), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Louis Saha (Manchester United)

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