Kanté back in the eleven, Benzema holder against Bulgaria

The Blues midfielder N’Golo Kanté was established to face Bulgaria on Tuesday (9:10 p.m.) in a preparatory match for the Euro in Saint-Denis, behind the attacking trio Karim Benzema-Antoine Griezmann-Kylian Mbappé, according to the official compositions unveiled by UEFA.

Arrived late in the France group, after his victory in the Champions League with Chelsea, Kanté resumed his starting position in a team that looks like the eleven-type possibly aligned on June 15 against Germany in Munich, for the first match of the Europe championship.

Kanté is associated in the middle with Paul Pogba and Corentin Tolisso, the latter replacing Adrien Rabiot hit in an ankle.

Unsurprisingly, the attack is made up of Mbappé, Griezmann and Benzema, as against Wales on Wednesday (3-0) in Nice.

In defense, Lucas Hernandez holds his place despite a knee contusion suffered in recent days. He accompanies Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe and Benjamin Pavard, in front of Captain Hugo Lloris.

Returning late too after C1, Olivier Giroud starts on the bench, while Kingsley Coman, preserved in recent days, does not appear on the scoresheet just like Rabiot and Marcus Thuram, which can only include 23 names.

Some 5,000 guests can attend the meeting at the Stade de France for a “health pass”, after the French Federation has obtained a waiver from the authorities to advance the stage of deconfinement scheduled for Wednesday.

On the Bulgarian side, coach Yasen Petrov carried out a large squad review, as his team played their third away game on Tuesday in a week.

France: Lloris (cap) – Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez – Pogba, Kanté, Tolisso – Griezmann – Benzema, Mbappé

Coach: Didier Deschamps

Bulgaria: Naumov – Turistov, P. Hristov, Antov, Bozhikov (cap) – I.Iliev, Chochev, Kraev, Yankov – A. Iliev, Despodov

Coach: Yasen Petrov

Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)


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