Germany v France: Recalled Saha out to secure Euro role

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As England welcome the world No3 side to Wembley tonight, their opponents in the opening European Championship game this summer continue their preparations with a trip to second-ranked Germany.

Laurent Blanc's France travel to Bremen with recalled Tottenham striker Louis Saha seeking to make the most of the injury-enforced absence of Karim Benzema and Loic Rémy. "Their misfortune is my happiness," the striker admitted ahead of tonight's match, which could see just his second international appearance in six years. "I am fortunate to be here. This selection is a real reward for me – and those who supported me."

Germany, 2008 finalists and 2010 World Cup semi-finalists, have not beaten France since 1987. Tim Wiese deputises for Manuel Neuer in goal while Miroslav Klose leads the team in Philipp Lahm's absence. Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber start in defence.