Deschamps selects Rabiot, drops
PARIS, France (AP):
Adrien Rabiot could make his debut for France after coach Didier Deschamps picked the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder in his 23-man squad for a World Cup qualifier against Sweden and a friendly against the Cote d'Ivoire.
Anthony Martial and Andre-Pierre Gignac were notably missing from the squad announced yesterday. The forwards for Manchester United and Tigres in Mexico entered as substitutes in France's 1-0 World Cup-qualifying win against the Netherlands on October 10.
Ousmane Dembele figured to be among Deschamps' options in attack. The Borussia Dortmund forward made his debut for France against Italy in September.
With Rabiot offering defensive cover in midfield, Deschamps left out Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye. Rabiot was on a list of standby players for the European Championship last summer, but did not make the cut. He has been very consistent in PSG's midfield.
American Lloyd heads
FIFA women's award list
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP):
Carli Lloyd will defend her FIFA women's Player of the Year award against a number of rivals, including three Olympic champions from Germany and five-time winner Marta.
Lloyd is the United States' only nominee on a 10-player list announced by FIFA yesterday after the 2015 World Cup winners lost in the Olympic quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro.
Germany have forward Dzsenifer Marozsan, who scored in a 2-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal match, as well as midfielders Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz on the list. Behringer retired after the Olympics, having played more than 100 times for her country.
Each of the trio aims to be the third different German winner in the past four years.