Hugo Lloris named as France’s Euro 2012 captain

France coach Laurent Blanc has chosen Hugo Lloris as his captain

for the European Championship, preferring the Lyon goalkeeper over

AC Milan center half Philippe Mexes and Barcelona left back Eric

Abidal.

Blanc has shared the captain’s armband around several players –

others included Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, Marseille

midfielder Alou Diarra, and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri

– since taking over after the 2010 World Cup.

Blanc had recently drawn up his shortlist of three: Lloris,

Mexes and Abidal.

”Hugo is the person who reassures me the most,” Blanc said

Tuesday at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against

Germany in Bremen. ”He’s the one who will wear the armband” at

Euro 2012.

The 25-year-old Lloris has won 30 caps for France and was

Blanc’s most reliable player, along with Real Madrid striker Karim

Benzema, during the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Mexes may have ruled himself out of the reckoning after striking

Juventus striker Marco Borriello in Saturday’s Serie A match. Mexes

has been suspended for three games.

Although Blanc has often spoke highly of Mexes’ qualities as a

defender, he criticized him for losing his composure.

”It’s not good at this level. You can’t imagine it if he had

that kind of reaction at the Euro,” Blanc said. ”He’s hot-blooded

and he must be careful about that.”