France predicted lineup vs Scotland - International friendly

  • France face Scotland in friendly after qualifying for Euro 2024
  • Friendly gives Didier Deschamps the chance to experiment
  • Array of fringe squad members vying for starts in Lille

France booked their place at Euro 2024 with a win in the Netherlands
France booked their place at Euro 2024 with a win in the Netherlands / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages
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France's Euro 2024 qualifying campaign has so far been a procession, booking their place at next summer's tournament with two games to spare in Group B.

A Kylian Mbappe brace, which included a stunning second, inspired Les Bleus to victory in the Netherlands last time out and this upcoming friendly will give Didier Deschamps the opportunity to experiment with fringe squad members.

France host Scotland in Lille on Tuesday night and here's how they could line up for it.


France predicted lineup vs Scotland (4-2-3-1)

Castello Lukeba
Castello Lukeba could make his France debut on Tuesday / Karina Hessland/GettyImages

GK: Brice Samba - Deschamps will surely give one of Mike Maignan's deputies a chance to impress with the composed Samba getting the nod. He's made just one appearance for Les Bleus.

RB: Malo Gusto - Injuries mean there isn't an array of defensive options for the manager to choose from, but Gusto is expected to start at right-back after earning minutes off the bench on Thursday.

CB: Benjamin Pavard - Pavard was an unused substitute in Amsterdam and is all but guaranteed a start in this one. The Inter man could be utilised in his preferred role, too.

CB: Castello Lukeba - The RB Leipzig defender has blossomed into one of Europe's most exciting young defenders and the stage is set for him to make his France debut on Tuesday night.

LB: Theo Hernandez - The absence of an obvious alternative (other than his brother) means Hernandez could be one of very few to start both of France's games in October.

CM: Eduardo Camavinga - Camavinga is behind Aurelien Tchouameni in both the Real Madrid and France midfield pecking order. Nevertheless, the all-action midfielder should get a start on Tuesday.

CM: Youssouf Fofana - The impressive Monaco midfielder has enjoyed a fine start to the season and he'll be eyeing minutes for the national team at Euro 2024. This is a huge opportunity.

RM: Ousmane Dembele - Deschamps favoured Coman down the right against the Dutch which surely means Dembele will get the nod in this friendly.

AM: Antoine Griezmann - There isn't an obvious alternative to Griezmann in the squad, so the crafty creator could continue in the team.

LM: Kingsley Coman - Mbappe's heroics inspired Les Bleus in Amsterdam, but he'll surely get a breather on Tuesday with Coman switching flanks.

ST: Olivier Giroud - Despite Scotland's predicted deep defensive line, Giroud will fancy this as an opportunity to add to his record-breaking goal tally for the national team. Mbappe's proficiency means he's not going to hold the record for very long.


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