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France national football team
Friendlies 1
Mar 23, 2024 at 8pm UK
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Germany national football team

0 - 2

Mbappe (68'), Rabiot (73')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Wirtz (1'), Havertz (49')
Nagelsmann (60'), Andrich (68')

How France could line up against Germany

How France could line up against Germany
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how France could line up for Saturday's international friendly against Germany.

France and Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann will play no part in his country's first fixture of the year, which comes against Germany in a friendly battle on Saturday evening.

The 33-year-old has appeared in each of France's last 84 matches across all competitions, but that record-breaking streak will not become 85 this weekend, as he has been forced to pull out with an ankle problem.

Fellow attacker Kingsley Coman is also out with a knee injury but was not called up anyway, meaning that Didier Deschamps is otherwise working with all of the troops he originally included for this month's fixtures.

Every single player in the France setup has already made at least one appearance for their country, including goalkeepers Brice Samba and Alphonse Areola, but Mike Maignan should still get the nod here, having seemingly recovered from a minor issue.

Owing to Ibrahima Konate's hamstring issue, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard are in line to pair up in defence as William Saliba waits his turn, most likely with Jonathan Clauss and Theo Hernandez either side of them.

Due to Griezmann's absence, Deschamps may consider a slight tactical tweak to a 4-3-3 setup, allowing Adrien Rabiot, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni to link arms in the middle of the park, although 18-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery is a viable alternative.

Paris Saint-Germain teammates Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe are mainstays in the final third, but Olivier Giroud, who is seeking to build on his all-time men's record of 56 goals for Les Bleus, will reportedly lose out to Marcus Thuram for a start up front.

France possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Clauss, Pavard, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Rabiot, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Dembele, Thuram, Mbappe

> Click here to see how Germany could line up for this friendly

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