Germany vs. France: probable line-ups, stats and build-up
Having been held to a goalless draw by England at Wembley Stadium, world champions Germany will be hoping to register a morale-boosting win over UEFA EURO 2016 finalists France at the RheinEnergieSTADION on Tuesday (kick-off 20:45 CET/19:45 GMT).
Joachim Löw is expected to make several changes to the team that started Friday’s stalemate with the Three Lions, but one man who definitely won’t feature in Cologne is Jerome Boateng. The Bayern Munich defender is suffering with a muscle strain and has returned to the Bavarian capital for further treatment. Borussia Dortmund star Mario Götze, meanwhile, is set to make his first appearance for Die Mannschaft since a goalless draw with Italy in November 2016.
Bayern duo Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman both started France’s victory over Wales on Friday and are hoping to keep their place in the team for Tuesday’s clash, while Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard – a second-half substitute in that 2-0 success at the Stade de France – could make his full international debut for L’Equipe Tricolore against the world champions. Paul Pogba remains sidelined with a thigh injury, but Antione Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are both expected to start.
Germany: Leno – Rüdiger, Ginter, Hummels (c) – Kimmich, Khedira, Götze, Halstenberg – Brandt, Wagner, Draxler
Absentees: Younes (knee), Reus (knee ligaments), Müller (hamstring), Neuer (foot), Kroos (stomach bug), Trapp (illness), Boateng (muscle strain)
Coach: Joachim Löw
France: Mandanda – Pavard, Koscielny, Umtiti, Kurzawa – Matuidi (c), N’Zonzi – Mbappe, Coman – Lacazette, Griezmann
Absentees: Pogba (thigh), Varane (groin)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
- Germany won all ten qualifying games in reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming only the second team (after Spain in 2010) to achieve a 100 per cent qualifying record en route to the finals.
- The world champions boasted 21 different goalscorers in qualifying; more than any other nation.
- Germany scored 43 goals in total, breaking the record for the most goals scored in a tournament qualification campaign set by Spain ahead of UEFA EURO 2000.
- Joshua Kimmich set up more goals than any player during European qualifying (nine).
- The Bayern right-back also played every minute of his nation’s qualifying campaign and has started all of Germany’s last 24 matches, competitive or friendly.
- The teams’ last encounter came in the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, Griezmann netting both goals in a 2-0 defeat for Löw’s side.
- Germany last beat France in the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mats Hummels scoring the only goal of the game to seal Die Mannschaft‘s place in the last four of the tournament.
- These two teams have not faced each other on German soil since February 2012. Cacau was on target for the hosts at the Weser Stadium that day, but goals from Olivier Giroud and Florent Malouda secured a 2-1 win for L’Equipe Tricolore.
- Germany sit first place in the FIFA World Rankings; France are currently seventh.