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Laurent Blanc is set to align his France squad in a 4-4-2 formation due to the absence of a recognised playmaker.

France coach Laurent Blanc has indicated that he will send his side out to attack Belarus in Friday evening’s Euro 2012 qualifier in Paris.

‘Le President’ is expected to align his side in a 4-4-2 formation due to the suspension-enforced absence of playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, instead going with Loic Remy and Guillaume Hoarau in attack.

“We're at home, we know what the climate is like going to play this game,” he said, according to France Football. “We will make every effort to set the tempo of the game. This can lead to favouring a particular system.”

Les Bleus’ squad appears to be fairly well established, with Loic Remy expected to partner Guillaume Hoarau in attack due to a slight injury to Karim Benzema, but the role of right-winger has yet to be affirmed, though Mathieu Valbuena is considered to be a likely understudy to Jeremy Menez.

In the centre of the field, Stade Rennais rookie Yann M’Vila is set to be overlooked in favour of Abou Diaby, while the defence that Blanc played against Norway in an August friendly probably won’t be touched, aside from the fact that Aly Cissokho drops out due to a hamstring issue.

Probable France side to face Belarus:


Lloris - Sagna, Rami, Mexes, Clichy - Menez, A. Diarra, Diaby, Malouda - Remy, Hoarau

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