After close to a week of turmoil in the France camp, les Bleus are set to field a drastically reworked side against South Africa this afternoon.
Coach Raymond Domenech has denied allegations that he won’t be in charge of picking the squad, telling a press conference on Monday evening: “I'll play the team that the staff and I want.”
Captain Patrice Evra, who on Sunday led a strike of the France players, failed to show for a meeting with the media, and Football365 suggests that the Manchester United left-back could be stripped of his role in the side and placed on the bench.
While France’s 4-3-3 formation is set to remain, the personnel will be different. Djibril Cisse has been strongly tipped to come into the side to provide a goalscoring threat, while Mathieu Valbuena is ready to replace Sidney Govou down the right flank. Franck Ribery is not certain of a starting berth and could be replaced by Thierry Henry, while Alou Diarra should come into the midfield to displace Abou Diaby and also claim the captain’s armband.
Should Evra vacate the left-back berth, Gael Clichy will take the role, and Sebastien Squillaci will supersede William Gallas in the centre of the rearguard.
Possible France XI to face South Africa: Lloris; Sagna, Squillaci, Abidal, Clichy; A.Diarra, Gourcuff, Malouda; Valbuena, Cisse, Ribery
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