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French squad now known, no Anelka

France's squad of 23 for the World Cup was revealed on Tuesday when manager Roger Lemerre called 13 more players to a training camp next week at France's soccer national center at Clairefontaine.

The secretive Lemerre stopped short of officially announcing the squad which will travel to South Korea and Japan at the end of the month, but the 13 have been added to eight players currently preparing at altitude in the French Alps.

The full list of 23 will be completed by Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and Claude Makelele, both certain to make it to the World Cup.

Both are on club duty with Real, who will meet Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final.

The list of 23 had circulated in the French media for over a week after players who had been told by Lemerre they were not picked had talked to the media.

Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka will miss the World Cup for the second time after being a last minute drop-out in 1998.

He has been replaced by in-form AJ Auxerre striker Djibril Cisse, the leading scorer in the French first division this season with 22 goals.

Anelka being even more reluctant to talk to the press than Lemerre, news that he had been overlooked has not yet been confirmed officially.

Fulham striker Steve Marlet, injured Olympiakos midfielder Christian Karembeu, whose place goes to Bayern's Willy Sagnol, and Olympique Lyon playmaker Eric Carriere were the other players left out.

Lemerre was giving a press conference in Tignes at 1600 GMT.

French squad for the World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Fabien Barthez (Manchester United), Gregory Coupet (Olympique Lyon), Ulrich Rame (Girondins Bordeaux)

Defenders: Vincent Candela (Roma), Philippe Christanval (Barcelona), Marcel Desailly (Chelsea), Christophe Dugarry (Girondins Bordeaux), Franck Leboeuf (Olympique Marseille), Bixente Lizarazu (Bayern Munich), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Mikael Silvestre (Manchester United), Lilian Thuram (Juventus)

Midfielders: Alain Boghossian (Parma), Claude Makelele (Real Madrid), Johan Micoud (Parma), Emmanuel Petit (Chelsea), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Strikers: Djibril Cisse (AJ Auxerre), Youri Djorkaeff (Bolton Wanderers), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Sylvain Wiltord (Arsenal).

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