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Yoann Gourcuff glad to be back in France squad

Lyon's Yoann Gourcuff is delighted to be back in the France squad but is focused simply on the team effort against Italy this week.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Andre Villas-Boas stands firm over Hugo Lloris following goalkeeper's error for Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas brushed off Didier Deschamps' latest barb over Hugo Lloris after the Tottenham goalkeeper made his first high-profile error in last night's 3-1 win over Maribor.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Lyon advisor claims goalkeeper Hugo Lloris 'is less hot' for a transfer to Tottenham

Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is likely to remain with the Ligue 1 club rather than move to Tottenham, according to Bernard Laporte.

Samir Nasri reacts after scoring for France

Samir Nasri and Hatem Ben Arfa among those omitted from France squad

Didier Deschamps has warned that the absence from his first France squad of the four players disciplined following the European Championship is an indication of the standards he expects.

<b>FRANCE</b> <br /><b>Hugo Lloris: </b> Had no chance with Spain’s goal (pictured) but rushed out well to deny Cesc Fabregas when the Spaniard was played through on goal just after the hour. 6/10
<br /><b>Anthony Reveillere: </b> Looked relatively assured in defence but rather limited going forward. Combined with Mathieu Debuchy, the French did not offer any threat down the right-hand side. Conceded a late penalty when he tangled with Pedro. 5/10
<br /><b>Adil Rami: </b> Produced a vital block to deny Pedro midway through the second-half and performed pretty well. Sometimes slow to turn when faced with Spain’s movement and pace, but held his own nonetheless. 6/10
<br /><b>Laurent Koscielny: </b> Replaced Philippe Mexes and certainly did not disgrace himself. Not at fault for either of Spain’s goals and actually marshalled Spain’s attacking midfielders relatively well. 6/10
<br /><b>Gael Clichy: </b> Aggressive in the tackle and able to stop Arbeloa from causing any real danger. But the left-back could perhaps have been more aware of Alonso’s run for Spain’s first goal, though he could have done with a shout from Malouda. Also caught ball-watching when Fabregas raced through on goal in the second-half. 5/10
<br /><b>Mathieu Debuchy: </b> Allowed Jordi Alba to race past him for Spain’s first goal. Debuchy was played out of position and looked a little bit lost during the first-half. Seemed to grow in confidence in the second period and almost equalised with a powerful header on sixty minutes, though he was removed shortly after. 5/10

Lyon yet to receive bid for Tottenham 'target' Hugo Lloris

In the face of speculation that Tottenham are pursuing Hugo Lloris, Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas insists that the club has received no offers.

<b>FRANCE</b> <br /><b>Hugo Lloris: </b> Had no chance with Spain’s goal (pictured) but rushed out well to deny Cesc Fabregas when the Spaniard was played through on goal just after the hour. 6/10
<br /><b>Anthony Reveillere: </b> Looked relatively assured in defence but rather limited going forward. Combined with Mathieu Debuchy, the French did not offer any threat down the right-hand side. Conceded a late penalty when he tangled with Pedro. 5/10
<br /><b>Adil Rami: </b> Produced a vital block to deny Pedro midway through the second-half and performed pretty well. Sometimes slow to turn when faced with Spain’s movement and pace, but held his own nonetheless. 6/10
<br /><b>Laurent Koscielny: </b> Replaced Philippe Mexes and certainly did not disgrace himself. Not at fault for either of Spain’s goals and actually marshalled Spain’s attacking midfielders relatively well. 6/10
<br /><b>Gael Clichy: </b> Aggressive in the tackle and able to stop Arbeloa from causing any real danger. But the left-back could perhaps have been more aware of Alonso’s run for Spain’s first goal, though he could have done with a shout from Malouda. Also caught ball-watching when Fabregas raced through on goal in the second-half. 5/10
<br /><b>Mathieu Debuchy: </b> Allowed Jordi Alba to race past him for Spain’s first goal. Debuchy was played out of position and looked a little bit lost during the first-half. Seemed to grow in confidence in the second period and almost equalised with a powerful header on sixty minutes, though he was removed shortly after. 5/10

No Arsenal offer for £16m valued Hugo Lloris say Lyon

Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has been linked with Arsenal for several seasons, has been branded with a £16m price tag by the French club's president Jean-Michel Aulas. 

Lionel Messi’s five goals at the Nou Camp last night - Fourth

Lionel Messi hailed as 'the best' by Pep Guardiola

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola hailed the unique talents of Lionel Messi after the Argentina forward's five goals against Bayer Leverkusen last night eased the holders into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mahamadou Diarra won two league titles with Real Madrid

Fulham sign Malian midfielder Mahamadou Diarra

Fulham today announced the signing of former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, pending the successful completion of a visa.

Arsenal have been drawn against AC Milan, the best team from the unseeded sides

Arsenal and Chelsea in nightmare Champions League draw

Chelsea and Arsenal must both overcome tough Italian tests in the last 16 of the Champions League after today's draw in Nyon.

No Uefa investigation into Lyon win

Uefa will not open an investigation at this stage into Lyon's thumping 7-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb after their own Betting Fraud Detection System did not detect any irregular betting patterns surrounding the match.

Big-spending PSG seek statement of intent

Big-spending Paris St Germain will be aiming to make an early statement of intent when the Ligue 1 season kicks off this weekend but much-hyped Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore is unlikely to make his debut.

Eric Abidal progressing well after surgery on tumour

Eric Abidal's agent has revealed the Barcelona defender is progressing well after surgery to remove a tumour on his liver.

Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid to avoid Inter Milan and Chelsea

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hopes to avoid former clubs Inter Milan and Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after helping the Spanish giants end their miserable run of exits at the last-16 stage.

Karim Benzema happy with Real Madrid form

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has returned to form after a frustrating journey through a goalscoring wilderness and the timing could scarcely be better for the nine-times European champions.

Hugo Lloris flattered by Manchester United transfer talk

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is flattered by talk linking him with a summer move to Manchester United but will not let it distract him from the Lyon cause.

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