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Scotland provide final test for hosts France

sports Updated: Jun 04, 2016 09:00 IST

METZ: After preparations overshadowed by off-field controversy and injuries to key players, Euro 2016 hosts France play their final pre-tournament friendly against Scotland in the north-eastern city of Metz on Saturday. Les Bleus’ prospects of winning a major competition on home soil — just as they did at Euro 84 and the 1998 World Cup — cannot have been aided by the on-going noise of the Karim Benzema affair or by the flurry of withdrawals before the final deadline to name their 23-man squad passed on Tuesday. But France coach Didier Deschamps may have been more concerned about the loss of key midfielder Lassana Diarra to injury minutes before the final squad deadline.

First Published: Jun 04, 2016 09:00 IST