France coach Laurent Blanc included uncapped defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and out-of-form midfielders Yoann Gourcuff and Alou Diarra in a 26-man provisional squad for the European Championship.
Yanga-Mbiwa contributed to Montpellier's strong title run in the French league this season and benefited from Mamadou Sakho's lackluster season. Sakho lost his starting spot at Paris Saint-Germain under coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Diarra and Gourcuff have performed poorly with Marseille and Lyon respectively, but Blanc kept faith in them on Tuesday.
France is in Group D with England, Sweden and Ukraine.
Blanc has until May 29 to name his final 23-man squad.
France will host Iceland on May 27, Serbia on May 31 and Estonia on June 5 in friendlies.