Soccer-Mexes named France captain against Norway

OSLO Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:41pm BST

OSLO Aug 11 (Reuters) - Defender Philippe Mexes was named France captain by new coach Laurent Blanc to face Norway in a friendly international on Wednesday.

Blanc, who took none of the country's World Cup squad members to Norway, relied on a largely experimental team for his first game in charge and France's first outing since their shameful first-round exit from the 2010 finals in South Africa.

The 28-year-old AS Roma player will win his 14th cap against Norway.

(Reporting by Olivier Guillemain, writing by Patrick Vignal in Paris; editing by Pritha Sarkar; To comment on this story e-mail sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)