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France set for four changes

Reveillere and Debuchy to start on right flank

ESPN staff

Blanc set to spring a surprise against Spain© AP Images

Reports suggest that France coach Laurent Blanc will make four changes to the France side that lost to Sweden ahead of Saturday’s clash with Spain.

France look set to adapt their approach to a five-man midfield, with the most notable change coming on the right flank where Mathieu Debuchy will move into midfield to make room for Anthony Reveillere at right-back.

Florent Malouda and Yohan Cabaye look set to come into the midfield in place of Alou Diarra and Samir Nasri, whilst Reveillere’s inclusion sees Hatem Ben Arfa relegated to the bench.

One enforced change comes at centre-back, where Philippe Mexes misses out through suspension, with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny deputises.

L’Equipe, who reported the changes, expect France to set-up in an ultra-defensive fashion to combat the qualities of Spain, with the four changes looking to solidify the flanks against the Spanish attacks.


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