CONFIRMED: France & Paraguay line-ups - Giroud starts!

France Football

Here is how France and Paraguay will line up for this evening's friendly match at the Allianz Riviera...

France starting XI: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra; Cabaye, Pogba, Matuidi; Valbuena, Remy, Giroud.

Paraguay starting XI: Silva, Cardozo, Ortiz, Alonso, Coronel, Caceres, Oviedo, Samudio, Mendieta, Romero, Santa Cruz

France continue their World Cup preparations in Nice tonight as Didier Deschamps' side face Paraguay.

Paraguay may not have qualified for the tournament in Brazil this summer after a terrible campaign, but they will pose a valuable test for the French, who face Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E.

France are expected to cruise through the group but having their stars hit top form ahead of travelling out to Brazil is key to their hopes of winning the World Cup - something they haven't done since they won it on their home turf in 1998.

Whilst that generation included the likes of Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly and Zinedine Zidane, the French are pinning their hopes on some more unproven players this time, with Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann now expected to impress this summer.

They saw off Norway in style just days ago, beating the Scandinavians 4-0, and another result like that tonight will really boost the confidence of French fans - even against modest opposition.

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