France vs. Honduras: Key Selection Decisions for Didier Deschamps

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France vs. Honduras: Key Selection Decisions for Didier Deschamps
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Going into the three World Cup friendly matches against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica, Didier Deschamps only had one or two selection headaches for the opening game against Honduras on Sunday.

Now, a few excellent performances, plus injuries to key players, have opened up a few places for discussion and given Deschamps food for thought going into France's opening game of Group E.

At least seven out of the 11 places have already been decided, and this is still one of the most settled French sides in the last few years. Hugo Lloris is France's captain and goalkeeper, with fellow veteran Patrice Evra still commanding the left-back role.

In the centre of defence, vice-captain Mamadou Sakho has been rewarded with a starting role after his heroics against Ukraine at the Stade de France. Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye make up the midfield trio, and few teams can boost as impressive a unit.

Up front, perhaps only Mathieu Valbuena is guaranteed a place in the starting XI after his wonderful performances in qualifying and in the recent friendlies. The Marseille man is one of the first names on Deschamps' team-sheet and is vital to their 4-3-3 formation.

Here are some of the key selection decisions that Deschamps faces this Sunday.

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