Domenech wants Gignac back in Bleu

Les Bleus

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has backed calls for André-Pierre Gignac to be given an international recall for Les Bleus' upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

National team boss Didier Deschamps will name his squad for next month's crucial tests in Georgia and Belarus on 29 August, and having seen Gignac score two goals in his first two L1 outings to help OM to a perfect start, Domenech believes the forward should be included in the list.

"He has real potential. He goes deep, troubles defenders. I saw him at Guingamp. He's made a lot of progress both tactically and technically, in receiving the ball with his back to goal and keeping possession. He is able to turn and also play for time as he waits for a team-mate. What more do you want?" explained Domenech, who gave Gignac the first and last of his 16 caps and took him to the ill-fated 2010 World Cup, after which the former Toulouse and Lorient striker has not featured for his country.

"I had spotted him at Lorient, during a game in Paris. He came on with 25 minutes left, and Lorient won the game. He already had a sense of self-sacrifice, but also great movement and a thirst for goals."

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