France vs Netherlands line-ups: Predicted XIs, confirmed team news, most recent injury for Euro 2024 qualifiers today
Hugo Lloris, Steven Mandanda, Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema all called it a day after Les Bleus lost in the World Cup final and France are also missing several injured stars.
Injured Christopher Nkunku and Ousmane Dembele are out of the attack with N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe, Wesley Fofana, Lucas Hernandez and William Saliba out.
Deschamps could therefore end up making debuts in Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo and Khephren Thuram while former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba is also in contention for a first national team appearance.
Despite the upheaval, a solid French formation is still very much available and the 4-2-3-1 seen at the World Cup is most likely to play an important role again in Euro 2024 qualifying.
Mbappe is expected to start on the left with Olivier Giroud up front and Kingsley Coman on the opposite flank. Antoine Griezmann is expected to start despite being snubbed as France’s new captain by his coach.
Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman will choose the first team in his second term in charge of the Oranje.
But the comeback has not been easy for the coach after five players were dropped due to a virus on Thursday. Cody Gakpo, Matthijs de Ligt, Sven Botman, Joey Veerman and Bart Verbruggen have been sent home with Stefan de Vrij, Ryan Gravenberch and Kjell Scherpen called in response.
Leaving out Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong, the boss indicated a move to a full-back four as he cited the former Celtic player’s inexperience in such a system when making his decision.
Frenkie de Jong is a key absentee through injury and Steven Bergwijn is also out. Denzel Dumfries is suspended which could mean a debut for Lutsharel Geertruida while Daley Blind could earn his 100th cap in Paris.
World Cup goalkeeper Andries Noppert is missing through injury, leading to a fight between Jasper Cillessen and Freiburg’s Mark Flekken over the gloves.
Predicts France XI: Maignan; Koundé, Konaté, Upamecano, Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
Predicted Netherlands XI: Cillessen; Geertruida, Bois, Van Dijk, Ake; Berguhis, De Roon, Wijnaldum; Malen, Weghorst, Depay.