France-Germany Preview: Rivals lock horns in Paris as Deschamps' men seek to build on recent form
Joachim Low's side travel to the Stade de France as they aim to secure a first win over the French in almost 26 years, but the hosts are in confident mood after recent results
By Mohammed Ali
Debuchy, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra
Sissoko, Cabaye, Matuidi
Menez, Benzema, Ribery
Howedes, Hummels, Mertesacker, Lahm
Muller, Ozil, Podolski
France coach Didier Deschamps is without young Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, who pulled out of Wednesday's international friendly following his impressive performance in last week's Clasico.
Varane was replaced in the squad by Newcastle United's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, though Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny could be preferred to partner Mamadou Sakho at the back.
Fellow Magpies star Moussa Sissoko is in line for his seventh cap, with Rennes' Romain Alessandrini - earning his first call-up after a series of scintillating performances in Ligue 1, could make his international bow from the bench.
In stark contrast, Germany have been depeleted with injuries as they make the short trip to Paris, aiming to avenge last year's 1-2 defeat in Bremen.
Borussia Dortmund trio Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus all miss out, with a fourth - Ilkay Gundogan a doubt in midfield.
Lars Bender has been called up by Joachim Low to answer the midfield problem, which has also seen Bastian Schweinsteiger withdraw. Miroslav Klose has also pulled out on Monday after suffering a knee ligament injury in Lazio's defeat to Genoa in Serie A, and Mario Gomez now looks set to lead the line.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
France air 17th in the Fifa Ranking, below the likes of Mexico and Ivory Coast.
- Les Bleus' last two games in all competitions saw them beat Euro 2012 finalists Italy in Parma and draw 1-1 with Spain.
France's overall record in friendlies against Germany reads W10 D5 L6 - though Germany lead the goal count 32-31.
- The two countries met a year ago, when goals from Olivier Giroud and Florent Malouda sealed a 2-1 win for the French.
- Germany's last visit to Paris saw them draw 0-0 in November 2005.
Joachim Low's men occupy second position in the Fifa Ranking.
- Germany have not recorded a win against France for 25 and a half years, following their 2-1 win as West Germany in Berlin in 1987.
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France 1-2 Germany
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France 1-3 Germany
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France 2-1 Germany
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