England vs. France: Predicted Starting Lineup For The French
Just days after the horrific attack in France, England are set to host the French national team for a friendly game that will have a lot of emotion and rightly so in the backdrop. Lassana Diara, who played in France’s 2-0 win over Germany on that fateful day, could be one of the players who doesn’t feature in this friendly as he lost a family member in the attacks.
The English fans have been asked to join in the singing of the French national anthem as a mark of solidarity and with both teams preparing for their part in the upcoming Euros, this game could hold a lot of what the two teams can offer in the finals in 2016. We look ahead to this emotionally charged friendly and predict the starting lineup for the French.
Hugo Lloris is the best goalkeeper for France at the moment and even though there is stiff competition from Steve Mandanda, the Spurs goalkeeper should keep his place in the starting XI.
The Manchester City defender should continue in his role down the right side for France against England after having impressed against Germany a few nights ago.
Mangala didn’t have the greatest of starts to his Manchester City career but he has progressed and gotten better as the seasons have gone by. Mangala could well be a player who starts this friendly against England after missing out in the last game.
The Arsenal defender could well be the best centre-back at Arsenal and he certainly is trying to make a similar case for his national team. Koscielny did well to keep Germany at bay and could do something similar against England as well.
The on-loan defender from PSG, Digne could well be the answer to Patrice Evra. The Roma – PSG left-back certainly can go on to emulate the great things that Evra has done and should get a go in this game.
The Manchester United midfield didn’t start the game against Germany but should get into this starting XI especially since he would be playing against many players from the Premier League.
The tough man from Crystal Palace might not be a first choice at the moment but his ability on the ball surely merits him a go in this friendly against England, with him knowing most of the players out there.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Far away from the cold nights in England, Hatem Ben Arfa has rekindled his footballing career at Nice and could well be given a starting place in this friendly.
The midfield engine for France, Pogba might not be having the greatest season for Juventus but his performances for France haven’t been the worst. Another game in the starting XI could well provide him the boost he needs for the club more than country.
The young Manchester United attacker was at it again, this time providing a sumptuous ball for Giroud to score the first goal. Martial has shown that he can lead the line and his performances just keep on getting better.
Andre – Pierre Gignac
The striker came on for Olivier Giroud and made an instant impact with a goal. The former Marseille striker might have moved to Mexico, but he still is as lethal as ever and could be given a chance by Didier Deschamps to prove if he is better than Giroud (who is expected to start from the bench).