L'Equipe predicted France XI to face Poland in Round of 16


French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting the upcoming starting XI for the France national team that will face Poland in the World Cup Round of 16.

France will take on Poland on Sunday afternoon. According to Loic Tanzi, writing for the French outlet, France will come back to their oft-used XI in the first games of the group stage.

Tanzi reported a starting squad featuring Lloris (c) at the goal. The defense would feature a four-man back with Koundé, Varane, Upamecano, and Théo Hernandez.

There would be a midfield trio with Tchouaméni and Rabiot sitting deeper, along with Griezmann ahead of them on the pitch.

Dembélé, Giroud, and Mbappé will start at the top of the lineup with the AC Milan player, Olivier Giroud, playing central striker with a pivot role, as defined by PSG forward Kylian Mbappe earlier this year. Mbappe would drift left with Dembele to the right side of the pitch.

The reigning World Cup champions France will face Poland in their first game of the knockout stages

France and Poland are facing after qualifying from their respective groups in first and second place.

There will be a spicy meeting between Mbappe and Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who the former wanted in Paris and even got to meet earlier this year to convince him about that possibility.

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Ultimately, Lewandowski signed with Barcelona, and Mbappe was left with his wishes unfulfilled as PSG didn't sign any other forward outside of French prospect Hugo Ekitike.