MX23RW : Monday, July 23 17:54:51
Jun 4, 2016 at 8pm UK
France
3-0
Scotland
Giroud (8', 35'), Koscielny (39')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Team News: Olivier Giroud retains starting spot as France welcome Scotland

Olivier Giroud retains his place up front for France as they welcome Scotland to Metz in an international friendly.

Olivier Giroud has retained his place up front for France for this evening's international friendly meeting with Scotland in Metz.

The Arsenal forward is given the nod up top once again by manager Didier Deschamps, as Les Bleus run out for the final time ahead of next Friday's opening Euro 2016 meeting with Romania at the Stade de France.

Despite Antoine Griezmann being available following his Champions League exerts with Atletico Madrid last weekend, and Anthony Martial also shaking off a knock to take a place in the squad, Giroud is the focal point in attack.

It is close to what is expected to be Deschamps's starting lineup for the Euros, showing just one change from last time out with the inclusion of N'Golo Kante in midfield, with Kingsley Coman arguably most at risk of losing his place to the returning Griezmann.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has made five changes from last week's defeat to Italy, meanwhile, bringing Andrew Robertson, Gordon Greer, Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Maloney and Steven Fletcher - who spent the second half of last season on loan in France with Marseille - back into the starting fold.

These two sides have met 15 times before; Scotland winning eight and France coming out on top seven times.

France: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Coman, Payet, Giroud
Subs: Mandala, Costil, Jallet, Digne, Mangala, Umtiti, Cabaye, Schneiderlin, Sissoko, Gignac, Griezmann, Martial

Scotland: Marshall, Martin, Greer, Hanley, Robertson, D.Fletcher, McArthur, Snodgrass, Maloney, Ritchie, S.Fletcher
Subs: Fox, Hamilton, Mulgrew, Kingsley, Paterson, Bryson, Anya, Phillips, Burke, McGinn, McKay, Naismith, McCormack

Follow all of the action as it unfolds in Metz with Sports Mole's live text coverage right here.

Share this article now:
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Poland at Hampden Park on October 08, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Read Next:
Scotland trio withdraw from squad
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account