France forced into two changes for World Cup semi-final with Morocco

Les Bleus continue their bid to defend their title against Morocco on Wednesday evening

Ben Burrows
Wednesday 14 December 2022 17:41 GMT
France and Mbappe prepare for Morocco semifinal

France have been forced into two changes for their World Cup semi-final with Morocco on Wednesday evening.

Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano have both been struck down by illness forcing coach Didier Deschamps into a late re-shuffle of his starting XI for the game at Al Bayt Stadium.

Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana and Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool come in in their places.

Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele start together in an attacking three with Antoine Griezmann once again set to reprise the midfield role that he has proven so adept in at the tournament so far.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris captains from between the posts having surpassed Lilian Thuram as Les Bleus' most-capped player in the quarter-final win over England last time out.

Morocco have also made changes to the side that so famously beat Portugal last time out.

West Ham centre-back Nayef Aguerd and Noussair Mazraoui of Bayern Munich have both been included with coach Walid Regragui reverting to a back-five against the defending champions.

France vs Morocco confirmed teams

France: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Konate, Theo Hernandez; Tchouameni, Fofana; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Morocco: Bono; Hakimi, El Yamiq, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Ounahi; Ziyech, En Nesyri, Boufal

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