Confirmed: France v Belgium line-ups

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, former Celtic loanee Jason Denayer, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko and Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini all feature...

France and Belgium will be taking on each other in a friendly international at the Stade de France this evening.

This is something of a local derby and promises to be hugely competitive, although it is ‘only’ a friendly.

Didier Deschamps’s France will see this game as part of the build-up to the 2016 European Championship which they will host.

Between now and then, the 1998 World Cup winners will be playing a number of friendly matches to prepare for the big competition.

France will head into this evening’s encounter with confidence, having lost just one of their last 13 matches at home.

Belgium, too, will be in confident mood this evening, largely due to their astonishing rise up the FIFA World Ranking.

The Red Devils are currently ranked second in the world, and that is a huge achievement for the European nation.

Marc Wilmots’s Belgium will view this evening’s match as part of their preparations to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

The 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists lead Group B in the qualifiers on goal difference ahead of Wales, whom they are going to face later this week.

France XI: Lloris; Koscielny, Sagna, Tremouunas, Varane, Cabaye, Matuidi, Sissoko, Giroud, Griezmann, Valbuena

Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Denayer, Lombaerts, Vertonghen, Nainggolan, Witsel, Fellaini, Mertens, Hazard, Benteke

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