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France v Poland: Line-ups confirmed as Mbappe returns for Les Bleus

Antoine Griezmann has been dropped by France coach Didier Deschamps for the game with Poland

Kylian Mbappe

The line-ups have been announced for tonight’s Group D clash between France and Poland in Dortmund.

Two familiar faces return but one of France’s key men has been dropped.

Team News

Kylian Mbappe was included in the France team to face Poland at Euro 2024 today – but there was no place for Antoine Griezmann.

Mbappe returns having missed the game with the Netherlands due to the broken nose he suffered in Les Bleus’ opener against Austria.

The France captain, who will wear a protective facemask, has proved his fitness in recent days by playing, and scoring, in a practice game against a local Paderborn XI.

The absence of Griezmann was all but confirmed by coach Didier Deschamps at yesterday’s press conference, during which he suggested the Atletico Madrid midfielder was fatigued.

Griezmann was not at his best in the goalless draw against the Netherlands, after which Deschamps said: “Antoine Griezmann was better than in the first game [1-0 win over Austria] but was perhaps slightly off the pace on the technical front, which I’m not used to with him.”

Marcus Thuram also makes way after a largely ineffective tournament so far.

Paris Saint-Germain winger Bradley Barcola comes in for what will be his first appearance at a major tournament.

Poland can count on Robert Lewandowski from the start after the Barcelona star made his return from a thigh injury in the defeat to Austria last time out.

Lukasz Skorupski starts in goal in place of Wojciech Szczesny while Sebastian Szymański, Jakub Moder and Kacper Urbański all come into the starting XI. Out go Adam Buksa, Krzysztof Piątek, Jakub Piotrowski and Bartosz Slisz.

The State of the Group

France have already qualified but need to better the Netherlands’ result against Austria to go through as winners of Group D.

They start the evening on four points following the victory over Austria and a goalless draw with the Netherlands. 

Poland are already out as they are three points behind third-placed Austria and cannot win their head to head. Michal Probierz’s side have lost both their games in Germany so far – a 2-1 defeat to the Dutch and a 3-1 loss to Austria.

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.