France call up teenager Kurt Zouma

France call up teenager Zouma
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France call up teenage defender Kurt Zouma to the senior side for their upcoming matches against Australia and Finland.

Teenage defender Kurt Zouma has been called up to the senior France squad for their upcoming matches against Australia and Finland.

The 18-year-old, who was initially due to play for the Under-21 side this week, has got the call to cover any problems in the senior team, with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny said to be suffering from a calf problem.

Zouma is yet to be capped at senior level by France but is already a mainstay for his club Saint-Etienne.

He was linked with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool during the summer transfer window but decided to stay in France for at least another year.

France first face Australia in a friendly on Saturday before their World Cup qualifier at home to Finland on Tuesday.

St Etienne player Kurt Zouma during a match on October 1, 2011
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