France vs. Colombia: Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2018

France's forward Wissam Ben Yedder arrives for  a training session in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on March 20, 2018, as part of the team's preparation for the friendly football match against Colombia and Russia. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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France host Colombia in an international friendly on Friday, as both squads continue their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Les Bleus will be one of the main contenders for the trophy this summer, and they have enough quality in the ranks to dominate at the Stade de France.

A lot of attention will be on Paul Pogba, though, with manager Didier Deschamps expected to talk with the midfielder about his recent struggles at Manchester United, per James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph.

Colombia will have their own attackers familiar to French audiences, with AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao leading a deep and talented group.

Here are the schedule and viewing details:


Date: Friday, March 23

Time: 8 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. ET

TV Info: ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: WatchESPN


Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in the final third. Among his best options, Barcelona wide forward Ousmane Dembele and Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder are ones to watch.

The latter grabbed the headlines recently when he scored twice at Old Trafford to send United packing from the UEFA Champions League.

A star at previous club Toulouse, Ben Yedder has become one of the more prolific strikers among his countrymen, per OptaJean:

OptaJean @OptaJean

19 - Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 19 goals in all comps this season, only Fekir & Griezmann (21) have scored more among the French players of the Top 5 European Leagues. Timely.

Deschamps' squad also features more prominent stars such as Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid. Yet a friendly this close to the tournament is an ideal opportunity for the manager to give minutes to some fringe forwards.

It may be similar for Colombia boss Jose Pekerman, who can look towards Ben Yedder's Sevilla team-mate, Luis Muriel, and Villarreal striker Carlos Bacca.

The latter is not the cleanest finisher or the most technically adept footballer, but he does have a knack for doing what it takes to put the ball in the net.

Bacca and Falcao lead a deep and talented Colombian forward line.
Bacca and Falcao lead a deep and talented Colombian forward line.STR/Getty Images

With this many quality attacking players set to be involved, expect a friendly littered with goalmouth action, with both teams sure to score.