Euro 2024: How France will line up against the Netherlands?

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • 20 Jun 2024 15:10 CDT
  • 4 min read
Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, France, Euro 2024

France narrowly defeated Austria to win their opening game of the 2024 European Championship as they look to emulate their World Cup dominance in the Euros.

Having won the 2018 World Cup, Didier Deschamps’ side fell to a crushing penalty shootout defeat against Argentina in the 2022 tournament, while they exited Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage after another penalty loss - this time to Switzerland.

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Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive spot kick against Switzerland and will be hoping to avenge that mistake, having broken his nose in the game against Austria last week.

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Mbappe bagged a hat-trick during the aforementioned World Cup final and is expected to play a key role yet again as France look to win the Euros for the first time since 2000.

Below, FootballTransfers predicts France’s first-choice starting XI against Austria in their Euro 2024 opener.

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How France will line up against Austria

Mike Maignan is surprisingly injury prone for a goalkeeper, but the AC Milan number one has returned to full fitness and will continue in goal after his clean sheet against Austria.

Right-back has typically been a troublesome position for Deschamps in recent years, but Jules Kounde is expected to continue as France's first-choice in this role, having played in the opening game.

Jules Kounde will likely start at right-back for France
© IMAGO - Jules Kounde will likely start at right-back for France

At the 2022 World Cup, Deschamps favoured Dayot Upamecano and Raphael Varane at centre-back, but the former is out of favour at Bayern Munich and the latter is currently injured.

However, Upamecano is still likely to start against the Netherlands. He will be partnered by Arsenal star William Saliba.

Lucas Hernandez suffered an ACL injury towards the end of the season, meaning his brother Theo will be France’s undisputed first-choice left-back at the tournament. The AC Milan star will continue to start in Germany.

Aurelien Tchouameni suffered a late-season injury at Real Madrid and was replaced by Al-Ittihad midfielder N'Golo Kante as a result in a man-of-the-match display against Austria.

Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann will start next to the ex-Chelsea man in midfield.

Adrien Rabiot is expected to start for France
© IMAGO - Adrien Rabiot is expected to start for France

Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe will likely play off either flank, while Marcus Thuram will lead the line ahead of Olivier Giroud.

France’s predicted starting XI against the Netherlands

GK: Mike Maignan

RB: Jules Kounde

CB: William Saliba

CB: Dayot Upemacano

LB: Theo Hernandez

CDM: N'Golo Kante

CM: Adrien Rabiot

CM: Antoine Griezmann

RW: Ousmane Dembele

ST: Marcus Thuram

LW: Kylian Mbappe

France's Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens).

Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Inter), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), N'Golo Kante (Al-Ittihad), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurlien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG).

Forwards: Bradley Barcola (PSG), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (PSG), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (PSG), Kylian Mbappe (Real Madrid), Marcus Thuram (Inter Milan).

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