Italy vs. France: Predicting the Two Starting XIs for International Friendly

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Italy vs. France: Predicting the Two Starting XIs for International Friendly
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Italy take on France in a glamour friendly this week, which is bound to generate some real interest.

Cesare Prandelli and Didier Deschamps are well on their way to building successful sides for the 2014 World Cup, and both managers will see this match as an opportunity to gauge how far their sides have come since Euro 2012.

Daniele De Rossi is the big omission for the Azzurri. Prandelli has dropped the Roma midfielder due to being sent off for punching Stefano Mauri in the Derby della Capitale. Club teammate Alessandro Florenzi should earn his first international cap.

Deschamps has recalled Yoann Gourcuff, who has recovered from a knee injury to produce some excellent displays for Lyon of late.

Other news for Les Blues includes Gael Clichy withdrawing from the squad with an injury, which provides a chance for Patrice Evra to nail down the left-back spot. Benoit Tremoulinas will provide useful cover too.

Other injuries include Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema, while Bacary Sagna is overlooked despite returning to full fitness with Arsenal.

Here are the likely lineups for Les Bleus and the Azzurri.

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