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TEAM NEWS: Menez and Clichy drafted in as France make two changes for Ukraine clash

TEAM NEWS: Menez and Clichy drafted in as France make two changes for Ukraine clash

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Laurent Blanc has chosen to drop Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra in favour of his Man City counterpart, while Ukraine remain unchanged from their victory over Sweden

France make two changes for their Group D encounter with co-hosts Ukraine, as Laurent Blanc drafts in Gael Clichy for Patrice Evra at left-back, while the only other change is Jeremy Menez in for Florent Malouda as Les Bleus look to set up with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Karim Benzema played a “false nine” role against England, but may revert to a more traditional role against Oleg Blokhin’s side. Hatem Ben Arfa and Marvin Martin, who both came on late in their opening fixture against the Three Lions, remain on the bench.

Ukraine are unchanged from their superb 2-1 win over Sweden in Kiev on Monday, meaning two-goal hero Andriy Shevchenko leads the line once more alongside Andriy Voronin as Blokhin sticks with the traditional 4-4-2 formation.

Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko will provide much of the threat from midfield, while the central defensive partnership of Taras Mykhalyk and Yevhen Khacheridi remains unbroken.

Ukraine (4-4-2): Pyatov; Husyev, Khacheridi, Mykhalik, Selin; Timoschchuk, Nazarenko, Konoplyanka, Yarmolenko; Shevchenko, Voronin.

Subs: Koval, Goryainov, Kucher, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Butko, Garmash, Aliyev.

France (4-2-3-1):
Lloris; Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Clichy; Cabaye, Diarra; Ribery, Nasri, Menez; Benzema.

Subs: Mandanda, Carrasso, Evra, Reveillere, Koscielny, Valbuena, Matuidi, Malouda.





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