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Euro 2012: France v England team news and expected starting line-up. (11.06.2012)

France v England
Monday June 11, 2012
Group Stage: Group D

Team news:
France coach Laurent Blanc is unlikely to risk midfielder Yann M'Vila against England as deputies Alou Diarra and Blaise Matuidi have recovered well from respective knee and hamstring problems.

M'Vila has struggled with a thigh injury but otherwise Blanc has had few fresh concerns to deal with since Loic Remy dropped out of the squad with a thigh problem of his own at the end of May.

Karim Benzema will start ahead of Olivier Giroud in attack following his dazzling display in Les Bleus' final pre-tournament friendly against Estonia, while Philippe Mexes is likely to retain his place despite pressure from backup Laurent Koscielny.

England v France - Alan Shearer on the Match - Euro 2012

Several questions of strategy, form and fitness still surround England manager Roy Hodgson's team selection. John Terry returned to training on Thursday following a hamstring complaint and should start alongside Joleon Lescott in central defence, with Phil Jagielka waiting in the wings.

At the opposite end of the pitch, both Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck have staked claims to the lone striking role, with Wayne Rooney suspended. Welbeck scored in the Three Lions' last friendly against Belgium, but Hodgson may be tempted to make use of Carroll's height and power.

On the right flank, James Milner is almost certain to start, while Stewart Downing could be preferred to the more attacking but perhaps less disciplined Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Expected starting line-up:

Manager: Laurent Blanc
Starting line-up
H. Lloris
M. Debuchy
A. Rami
P. Mexès
P. Evra
A. Diarra
Y. Cabaye
F. Malouda
S. Nasri
F. Ribéry
K. Benzema

Manager: Roy Hodgson
Starting line-up
J. Hart
G. Johnson
J. Terry
J. Lescott
A. Cole
S. Parker
S. Gerrard
T. Walcott
A. Young
J. Milner
D. Welbeck

3 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    cmon england

  2. Anonymous says:

    Put Chamblining on.. he will take england farr!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Would swap Milner with Young, apart from that about right...

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