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France boss Didier Deschamps calls up St Etienne defender Loic Perrin

French football team coach Didier Deschamps reacts during a press conference at the French football federation headquarters in Paris
Image: Didier Deschamps: Handed an opportunity for several fringe players to impress

France boss Didier Deschamps handed an opportunity for several fringe players to impress when naming his squad on Thursday for friendlies against Albania and Sweden.

The uncapped Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin could make his international debut at the age of 29 after being included.

There were also calls for Sevilla defender Benoit Tremoulinas, Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.

Euro 2016 hosts France play Albania on November 14 in Rennes, before tackling Sweden in Marseille four days later.

Image: Loic Perrin: Called up by Deschamps

Uncapped Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil may have the chance to perform in front of a home crowd after being selected alongside the established Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda.

Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa misses out, three weeks after an embarrassing episode on France Under-21 duty against Sweden.

Kurzawa looked to have scored a late second-leg goal that would take the France youngsters to Euro 2015, and celebrated exuberantly, saluting Sweden striker John Guidetti in a mocking gesture. It returned to haunt him when Sweden scored again, and their players returned the gesture, performing the same salute on a lap of honour following the final whistle.

Kurzawa said at the weekend on Telefoot: "It taught me a lesson. It is a gesture that I won't do again, except when it's sunny."

France squad for friendlies against Albania and Sweden: Costil, Lloris, Mandanda; Digne, Jallet, Mangala, Perrin, Sagna, Tremoulinas, Varane, Yanga Mbiwa; Cabaye, Guilavogui, Matuidi, Pogba, Schneiderlin, Sissoko; Benzema, Gignac, Griezmann, Lacazette, Payet, Valbuena.

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