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Striker Gignac earns first France call-up

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  • Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac handed his first call-up to France squad
  • Gignac named in 23-man squad after scoring 15 goals in Ligue 1 this season
  • But there is no place for captain Patrick Vieira in Raymond Domenech's squad
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(CNN) -- Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has been handed his first call-up to the France squad for their two World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania.

Gignac has been rewarded for his superb form this season with a first call-up to the France squad.

Gignac has been rewarded for his superb form this season with a first call-up to the France squad.

The 23-year-old forward is the top scorer in French Ligue 1 with 17 goals this season -- and has been selected by coach Raymond Domenech ahead of Paris St-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau.

Defenders Patrice Evra and Ladil Rami return, but fellow-defenders Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon) and Julien Escude (Sevilla) are all ruled out through injury.

There is also no place in the squad for captain Patrick Vieira, who has struggled to find his best form for Inter Milan this season.

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France are currently third in European Group Seven with just one win to show from their first three matches. They trail Serbia and Lithuania by five points but have a game in hand on both nations.

France initially face Lituania in Kaunas on March 28, with the return match at the Stade de France in Paris on April 1.

France squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Toulouse).

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Rod Fanni (Rennes), William Gallas (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (Roma), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Adil Rami (Lille).

Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Karim Benzema (Lyon), Jimmy Briand (Rennes), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse).

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