England travel to Brest on Monday to take on France under-21 side. Les Bleus missed out on Euro 2015 but should still be feared.
On Monday night England’s Under-21 side take on France at the Stade Francis l’Ble in Brest as they continue their preparations for the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic in June.
Here are three players that could cause the young Three Lions problems when they meet in Brittany on Monday night.
ALPHONSE AREOLA: Bastia (On loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
Followers of French football have known about Areola’s talents for a few years now, but finally he is blossoming into the top-class goalkeeper that PSG hoped he would become.
The 21-year-old was the hero as France won the Under-20 World Cup last summer and now at SC Bastia, he is showing Ligue 1 all of the abilities that helped Les Bleus lift that trophy.
Tall, acrobatic and an excellent shot-stopper, Areola is everything you want from an up and coming goalkeeper. England will find it hard to beat him for distance, plus he is incredible in the air with great reflexes.
MORGAN SANSON: Montpellier HSC
Once Remy Cabella made his move to Newcastle United is opened the door for young midfielder Morgan Sanson to take a more senior role at the French club, and he hasn’t looked back.
Playing beside Cabella, Sanson would the deeper role, bridging the gap between the defence and attack, now he has taken that role and literally run with it. He is commanding and influential for both Montpellier and France.
Sanson does the simple things well, looks for the simple pass and keeps the game flowing. He will look to control the game for France but will also look to push the tempo once he sees an opening. This will be not only a huge test for England, but a great opportunity for Sanson to shine in front of watching admirers.
PAUL-GEORGES NTEP: Stade Rennais
The name of Paul-Georges Ntep will not be a new one to many followers of the Premier League. He has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Newcastle in the past, but this may be the first-time many will have seen him play outside of YouTube clips.
Ntep roams the left-wing for club and country, looking to take on full-backs, either beating them down the line, or cutting inside.
His favoured move is to cut inside on to his right-foot and unleash blistering shots on his stronger side. That is what caught the eye most when he was playing in Ligue 2 for Auxerre, but for Rennes he is also starting to find his teammates more.
It makes him a threat in any position and it will be a great test for the England defence to see how they cope against his pace on Monday.
France were eliminated from the 2015 European Championships after losing 4-3 to Sweden on aggregate, but they will still be a huge test for the young England side.