The list of 21 unveiled Thursday morning by Laurent Blanc for the matches of Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belarus and Bosnia had to make a few happy ghosts of the World Cup for newcomers, Kevin Gameiro in mind. Here are the main reactions..
This selection is a surprise even if I thought a lot. This is a great pride for the France team is a lot of things. Every footballer’s dream to wear this jersey, so it’s a great step forward but it will prove I level. [...] This proves that we can now play at Lorient and be selected in the France team.
I’m really, really excited! I am very proud of the confidence that the new coach in me. I’ll give everything, as I usually dice I’m on a field to get to coach that trust. It is a very proud moment for me. I even find it difficult to describe the feelings that are mine at that time. One thing is for sure, I come back with humility but also determination.
I did not know, you teach me! I will go there to learn. It is an honor to be called and grow alongside players of international standard. I am very proud for the club, my family and friends.
I’ve learned at home, simply. I followed the press conference on television. Minutes after the announcement of the squad, I had several calls from my family and my friends. This time, we enter the heart of the matter. I always feel better integrated in this selection. I was selected, I am a team player from France altogether. I do not feel more or less the Blues player today than a month ago. I was called a second time, it’s positive. There is competition, such as in clubs and everywhere in football. I am very happy to be among 21 players selected. Once present at the rally, I’ll give the best of myself, as usual. It is great to go to France team with Cedric (Carrasso) and Alou (Diarra). These are two senior players in the selection. Jump to Clairefontaine with them is a plus in terms of integration into the group. I appreciate them very much, I get along very well with them. They also bring me much in everyday life. To join the Blues with these two players is a plus for me.