Paris - Marseille midfielder Lassana DIarra is back in France's squad for upcoming friendly matches against Armenia and Denmark, five years after his last game with the national team.
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The former Chelsea and Real Madrid player joined Marseille this summer after a year without football because of a contract dispute with Lokomotiv Moscow.
France coach Didier Deschamps says Diarra, who started his international career in 2007, was rewarded for his excellent start to the season.
Deschamps also gave a first call to goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, currently on loan at Villarreal from Paris Saint-Germain.
With Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny out through injury, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is also returning alongside Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep.
France hosts Armenia on Oct. 8 before a trip to Denmark three days later.