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Malouda ineligible to play Gold cup

Former France midfielder Florent Malouda is not eligible to play with French Guiana in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a CONCACAF spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

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French Guiana, which has been an associate member of CONCACAF since 1991 and a full member since 2013, is set to take part in the continental championship for the first time and included the former Chelsea winger in its final 23-man squad.

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Though he played for France nearly 80 times, including matches in two World Cups, Malouda was born in Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana. The area is classified as an overseas region and department of France.

Malouda took part in both of the non-FIFA member’s Caribbean Cup matches earlier this summer, but with the Gold Cup using FIFA regulations, the spokesperson said the 37-year-old is not eligible to take part.

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In previous tournaments, players who had not represented another national team for five years were eligible for selection, with Martinique fielding Jocelyn Angloma at the 2007 tournament after the defender won nearly 40 caps with France between 1990-1996.

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