Gallas Appointed As France Vice Captain

Arsenal skipper William Gallas has been appointed France vice-captain by Les Bleus boss Raymond Domenech ahead of this evening’s game against Sweden.

Former Gunners’ striker Thierry Henry has been made captain in a bid to lift the team after their flop at Euro 2008.

France were criticised for an unadventurous style of play and a reclusive lifestyle during Euro 2008, where they took only one point from three games, scoring one goal.

Henry has already worn the armband for France in previous matches, notably during the summers Championships when Patrick Vieira was out through injury.

“It is a great responsibility. I have a duty. There is a new generation but we always need someone to lead the way. I have a lot of experience at the highest level. I know this new generation very well, I have always felt young in my mind,” he said.

“It is a challenge. It does not scare me.” As for the task in hand after France’s failure at Euro 2008, the ex-Gunners legend enthused: “It will not be easy but it is our job to win back everyone’s hearts.”

Gooner Talk will give you updates of all the players on International duty this evening with the likes of Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou in action for their respective countries.

Below are the Arsenal players involved in tonights friendlies and what teams they are playing for and against:

England: Theo Walcott – England v Czech Republic
Denmark: Nicklas Bendtner – Denmark v Spain
Switzerland: Johan Djourou – Switzerland v Cyprus
Netherlands: Robin van Persie – Russia v Netherlands


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