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French soccer players celebrate a goal during the friendly soccer match between France and Norway at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. France are preparing for the upcoming soccer World Cup in Brazil starting on 12 June. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2016

France will continue their preparations for the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Paraguay on Sunday, at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.

Les Bleus have dominated the opposition in recent months and are rounding into form at just the right time, but Sunday's opponents should give some indication of what to expect in Brazil.

Paraguay defeated World Cup-bound Cameroon earlier in the week, and despite their obvious struggles during the World Cup qualifiers, the Albirroja still have enough talent to challenge any squad in world football on their day.

 

Date: Sunday, June 1

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on BT Sport, with mobile coverage available via the BT Sport App and Online Player and the ESPN Player.

 

Les Bleus may have struggled throughout much of their campaign to qualify for the World Cup, but following their miraculous comeback win over Ukraine in Paris, Didier Deschamps and his squad have looked close to unstoppable as they get ready for Brazil.

Netherlands were outclassed in a 2-0 victory back in March and Norway were sent home with a 4-0 defeat on Tuesday, as France easily dominated both matches.

As shared by Goal.com's Robin Bairner, the team has only gotten stronger since then with the Real Madrid duo of Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane joining the group:

Olivier Giroud shone in the absence of Benzema and could be given another start against Paraguay, while Loic Remy is expected to start ahead of Antoine Griezmann, despite the Real Sociedad winger showing plenty of progress in training.

Mathieu Valbuena was perhaps the team's most impressive player against Norway, and he too could be rested in this friendly as Deschamps tries to evaluate all of the 23 players set to join him on the plane to Brazil.

Clement Grenier could be the man to replace Valbuena in the starting XI, after playing only 15 minutes against Norway.

Paraguay played with a very inexperienced squad against Cameroon and are expected to do so again on Sunday, with the team desperate to forget about the miserable qualifying campaign that saw them finish bottom of the standings in South America.

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Roque Santa Cruz is the team's most experienced and accomplished player, and he will most likely pair with Jose Ariel Nunez to give the team a solid duo in attack.

The rest of the squad is primarily made up of players plying their trade in Paraguay's national league, the Primera Division.

Along with Jamaica, who are France's last opponents before travelling to Brazil, Paraguay present somewhat of a step down in competition compared to Norway and the Netherlands.

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But France no longer have to look for their best formation or their preferred starting XI, and these last friendlies will serve as confidence boosters and fitness tests more than anything else.

Confidence will be important for Les Bleus following their disastrous performances at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, and a good showing against Paraguay should boost this young squad to even greater heights in Brazil.

 

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