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Deschamps axes Man City’s Nasri and Arsenal’s Giroud from the France team to face Ukraine [L'Equipe]

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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After losing 2-0 away in the Ukraine last Friday night, France face an uphill struggle to reach the 2014 World Cup, and coach Didier Deschamps is set to ring the changes in a final throw of the dice on Tuesday.

According to leading French daily L’Equipe, Man City’s Samir Nasri, who massively disappointed in the game in the Kiev having failed to live up to the playmaker role he was given, is set to be axed from the Les Bleus team.

Moreover, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who on Monday said he was “ready to die on the pitch” to help France qualify for Brazil, if also set to be dropped from the team as Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is set to start.

Also missing for France is Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny, who missing the game throuhg suspension having been sent off in the first leg of the playoff.

L’Equipe also report that Erik Abidal and Loic Remy will also get the chop for the match at the Stade de France, while defenders Rafael Varane and Mamadou Sakho, and midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Valbuena look to be drafted into the team.

The eerie front cover of Tuesday’s L’Equipe, featuring rows of eyeballs with the phrase “Faites-Le” (Do It!), can be seen below.

BZaqDdQIQAAS oE Deschamps axes Man Citys Nasri and Arsenals Giroud from the France team to face Ukraine [LEquipe]

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