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Likely France squad to face Russia and the Netherlands

GFFN projects that Didier Deschamps will pick the following 23 man squad later this afternoon to face Russia and the Netherlands.

Goalkeepers:

In goal, Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) and Steve Mandanda (Marseille) will be selected. Even as late as last week, Deschamps had yet to decide between Benoit Costil (Rennes) and the recently very impressive Alphonse Areola (Villarreal). One of those two will occupy the third and final goalkeeping slot.

Defenders: 

In terms of central defenders, Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) and Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) are all dead certain to make the Euro 2016 squad barring injury, but it is less clear who the fourth and final centre-back will be in this round of squad selection and indeed for the actual tournament itself.

Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) and Jérémy Mathieu (Barcelona) are the most likely candidates, but Samuel Umtiti (Lyon) is a name that has been rapidly gaining traction in recent weeks.

At left-back, Patrice Evra (Juventus) and Lucas Digne (AS Roma) look to be the established and settled duo.

At right-back, Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) will make the grade and Christophe Jallet (Lyon) is the most likely contender for second spot, although there have been murmurs about the possible inclusion of Sebastien Corchia (Lille).

Midfielders: 

Ngolo Kanté (Leicester City) will be receiving his first ever France call-up today. Our understanding is that Lassana Diarra (Marseille) will be joined by Paul Pogba (Juventus), Blaise Matuidi (PSG) and Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace).

There was a late toss-up between Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) and Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United), but it appears as if the latter will get the nod.

Attackers:

No Karim Benzema or Mathieu Valbuena, with one under criminal investigation and the other just coming back from injury. Instead, Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) and Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) should make up the attack.

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