France vs Canada Predicted line-ups and latest news

Football news 09 june 2024, 03:00
Robert Sykes Dailysports's expert Robert Sykes
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National teams continue to use the international break to conduct friendly matches. Today, the French national team will play their final preparatory match before the start of the 2024 European Championship, hosting Canada.

Having confidently secured a spot in the Euro 2024 finals, the French team scheduled four friendly matches. In March, they initially lost to Germany (0:2), but then narrowly defeated Chile (3:2). Following this, in June, they faced modest Luxembourg, comfortably dispatching their neighbors with three unanswered goals.

For Canada, this match will be their second after winning the CONCACAF Nations League playoffs. Earlier, on June 6, they hosted the Netherlands and suffered a heavy 0:4 defeat. This match also marks the final stage of their preparation for a major tournament, as alongside the European Championship, they will participate in the Copa America, facing a stern test against Argentina from the outset.

Predicting the starting line-ups for this match is challenging, as it serves as the final opportunity for both teams to prepare for the upcoming tournaments. Coaches might continue to experiment with their squads to find the optimal lineup for the continental championships.

Ahead of the match, French vice-captain and legend Antoine Griezmann commented:

"The most important thing is to feel physically good. Tactically, we need to see if we are in place. This is the last time we need to put everything together.

Canada? It won't be easy. We saw them at the 2022 World Cup, their players are increasingly coming to Europe, which means football is growing there. They have well-known players. At the right time, this will be a good test to see if we are ready for the Euro in terms of performance and game speed."

Meanwhile, Canada's head coach Jesse Marsch praised his team:

"I am very happy to gather these players in the camp. Over the past weeks, I have had many conversations with the players, and it has become clear that an exceptional group of men plays for this country. Now the work begins to bring us all together and become the team that we know this country deserves."

It is unlikely that coaches will allow their top players to play the full match. They might give them some playing time from the start or bring them on as substitutes to rest and prepare for the upcoming tournaments, but we can still expect an intriguing encounter.

The Dailysports team has provided potential starting line-ups based on previous coaching decisions.

Predicted France line-up

Maignan – Hernandez, Konate, Saliba, Kounde – Kante, Rabiot – Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembele – Thuram

Predicted Canada line-up

St. Clair – Davies, Cornelius, Miller, Laryea – Hoilett, Kone, Eustaquio, Buchanan – Larin, David

The match will take place today, June 9, at the Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux, France. The referee will blow the starting whistle at 21:15 CET.

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