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.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Germany, Blanc said ''Hugo is the person who reassures me the most'' and ''he's the one who will wear the armband'' at Euro 2012.