Saint-Denis (AFP)

Adrien Rabiot and Presnel Kimpembe were established on Sunday (8:45 p.m.) with the Blues to face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the League of Nations in Saint-Denis, for the reunion between the two teams four years after the Euro-2016 final.

The eleven French aligned by Didier Deschamps has nine holders of the Mondial-2018, from Raphaël Varane to Olivier Giroud via Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.

The two "new" are Kimpembe, preferred to Clément Lenglet in central defense, and Adrien Rabiot, who completes Deschamps' fetish midfielder composed of N'Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba.

The latter, victim of numerous injuries last season, celebrates his first tenure in sixteen months in selection.

He will be responsible for animating a midfielder four, diamond, where Kanté is aligned as a sentinel and where Griezmann will be the playmaker, behind the duo Mbappé-Giroud.

On the sides of the defense, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard are tenured, unsurprisingly.

Captain Hugo Lloris is aligned on the evening of his 117th selection, which makes the Tottenham goalkeeper the third most capped player in the history of the Blues behind Lilian Thuram (142) and Thierry Henry (123).

On the Portuguese side, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously the holder, alongside Atlético Madrid hope Joao Félix.

In all, nine of the 22 holders of the Euro-2016 final won by the Portuguese (1-0 ap) will set foot on the pitch at kick-off on Sunday evening.


Lloris (cap.) - Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez - Rabiot, Kanté, Pogba - Griezmann - Giroud, Mbappé

Coach: Didier Deschamps.


Rui Patricio - Semedo, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro - William Carvalho, Danilo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes - Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Ronaldo (cap.)

Coach: Fernando Santos.

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)

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