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France will take on Finland on Wednesday night at the Stade de France in an international friendly.

France are currently on a run of winning 10 of their last 12 international matches and they haven’t lost an international fixture since a 2-0 defeat to Turkey in June 2019.

Meanwhile, Finland will be going into this game with a bit of momentum having won their last two games against Ireland and Bulgaria.

In terms of head to head, the two teams have only played each other eight times in competitive international games, and every time France have been victorious.

The last times the two teams faced each other was in 2013 in a World Cup Qualifier where goals from Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema and a Joona Toivio own goal gave France a 3-0 win.

In terms of team news, France will be without Real Betis Midfielder Nabil Fekir and Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar who are ruled out of the tie with injury.

France manager Didier Deschamps has named a strong squad for the upcoming international fixtures, but Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy, RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano and FC Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele are players surprisingly left out by Deschamps.

Meanwhile, for Finland, there aren’t any injury scares with manager Markku Kanerva having a full squad to select from. Brentford attacker Marcus Forss could be handed a debut cap.

At his pre-match press conference, Deschamps said: “We have to make sure for some to find the rhythm a little, without playing too much and preserving our strengths. We have to manage the players, but with the objective of beating Finland.”

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However, this game will be a lot closer than the two teams last meeting. But, France should still have enough to beat Finland with relative comfort before they move onto more important games against Portugal and Sweden in the UEFA Nations League next week.


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June 2024