Deschamps undecided between Liverpool and Arsenal duo Sakho and Koscielny

Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho is expected to get the nod this evening.

Two Premier League defenders are battling for a place in France's starting line-up at Euro 2016.

L'Equipe report that Real Madrid's Raphael Varane is a must start in Didier Deschamps' planned XI for the tournament, leaving him with a choice between Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny.

The paper describe Sakho as being the bigger risk, but also the more eye catching of the duo, and it is he who is expected to get the nod in tonight's friendly game against Russia.

The former PSG defender once scored a crucial goal which ensured France's qualification for the 2014 World Cup, but at the tournament it was Koscielny who got the nod.

Neither player has enjoyed a particularly standout campaign in the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Liverpool inconsistent, although Koscielny at least has an outside shot still of winning the title.

Competition between the two is a potential positive for France, providing they can stand the pressure, with both players hoping for the chance to become heroes as Les Bleus bid to win Euro 2016 in front of their home fans.

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