A “crunch” round ball version. This is what awaits the French team in the defense of its world championship. Unlike this Saturday (8pm) away to England, the Blues will really need to see off the Three Lions to hope to make the last four. First in Group D ahead of Australia and Tunisia, the teammates of Olivier Giroud, now the only top scorer in the history of French football, were also convincing against Poland (3-1). An almost similar course for the English, first in Group B ahead of the USA, before defeating (3-0) Senegal in the round of 16.
Led by Kylian Mbappé, author of another double against Poland – his fifth goal in the competition – the tricolor formation should not be innovative for his starting line-up. In goal, Hugo Lloris, criticized across the channel, is logically expected to start. A new cap, his 143rd, which could see him overtake Lilian Thuram as the most capped player in Blues history. In front of him, Jules Koundé, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano and Théo Hernandez are expected to form the French defence.
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Antoine Griezmann, who shone since the start of the competition, meanwhile, should start in this 4-2-3-1, just ahead of Aurélien Tchouaméni and Adrien Rabiot, associated in a double pivot role. On the wings, Ousmane Dembélé will also be present. Like Kylian Mbappé, eagerly awaited this shock, especially in his duel against Kyle Walker. Finally, Olivier Giroud, now strong with his 52 goals in the tricolor jersey, will start on the attacking front.
Conversely, Gareth Southgate should also not be original and choose a 4-3-3. Back in training after being ill, Declan Rice should therefore keep his rank with the Three Lions. From then on, Jordan Pickford was announced in goal, just behind Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. In midfield, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice are expected to accompany stud Jude Bellingham. Finally, around Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden are also announced holders.
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