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France warm up for Spain with loss at home to Japan

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A brief reaction to losing the friendly against Japan: Le Foot en

Survey Results

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In the survey results, there's strong support for Laurent Blanc, and readers are mostly confident about qualifying for World Cup 2014.

Questioning Blanc’s cautious approach against Spain

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Starting Line-ups: Réveillère and Debuchy both start – it’s already fun

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France: Lloris, Réveillère, Rami, Koscielny, Clichy, Debuchy, Cabaye, Ribéry, Malouda, M'Vila, Benzema

Spain: Casillas, Piqué, Ramos, Arbeloa, Alba, Iniesta, Xavi, Fà bregas, Alonso, Busquets, Silva

Nasri has been dropped.

Mexes and Ben Arfa have both been left out.

Anemic France shoot off target, lose convincingly, limp through

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Sweden 2, France 0

The no-hopers from Sweden had all the joy tonight against a dull France side.

France lined up something like this:

Ribery Nasri BenArfa
M'Vila Diarra
Clichy Mexes Rami Debuchy

Blanc got it wrong, but France are still through to the quarterfinals, against Spain on Saturday.

France vs Ukraine Preview

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Thanks a lot to everyone who's been following this site and leaving comments. We English-speaking France supporters must stick together. The "World Cup Blog" server has been going down often, so we'll have to give that some thought.

While France drew their first match, Ukraine won theirs, so they're top of the table, and have home-field advantage.

A draw that feels like a win: France 1 – England 1

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France only took one point in today's Euro opener against England, but the performance from France added gloss to the point.

Rightly or not, coming from behind to earn a draw feels much better than conceding a lead; and after France went behind to a set-piece goal around the half-hour mark, they were clearly the better side, which added a lift, in addition to the point on the table.

Live Blog: France – England

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16:45 CET (10:45 a.m. Eastern) Friends, I'll throw the starting line-ups on here when they're available, and any last-minute talking points. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. If nothing else, I'll pop in with my expressions of joy or despair at halftime.

Come on you Blues.

The first thing making the rounds is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start for England.

France’s Euro 2012 warm-up, 2 goals conceded followed by 9 goals scored

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I'm moving this post to the top, so we can have ready access to the nice video embeds ahead of tomorrow's match against England. I hope you enjoy the goals half as much as I do.

France 3, Iceland 2

France 2, Serbia 0

France 4, Estonia 0

Some of the good surprises from the warm-up were the sensational return to form of Florent Malouda, the goals from Ribery and Benzema, the three assists from Giroud, and the number of goal-scoring chances created.

Vieira: Look out for France’s front three

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Patrick Vieira is writing about les Bleus for the English-speaking world in a column in the Telegraph.

In his article this morning, he leads with the highly optimistic premise that France's front three of Nasri, Benzema, and Ribery will be the key to the France-England match because they're so awesome.

Blanc not going defensive

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So many player interviews produce so little of interest, for example:

"Which player or players do you like or fear from the the other team?"

"The really good one, or the two or three really good ones. You know, the ones who are famous for being good, or the ones who scored a bunch of goals recently.

France talking points – Enjoy Euro 2012 – France have done well under Blanc regardless of what happens

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That was it for the pre-Euro 2012 period. It is now showtime. Please do us proud, you Blues. You Les Bleus.

France talking points, in order:

At least approximate order:

1. Florent Malouda – This is a story of a deeply troubled individual: Florent Malouda. Unbeknownst to those of us who watch France on a regular basis (and by that, I mean those of us who haven't missed a match in the last 10 years or so), unbeknownst to us, we have a great player in Florent Malouda.

France-Estonia Preview – M’Vila progressing well – Big day for Malouda and Clichy – Cabaye picks the formation

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The dust has settled since the 2-0 win over Serbia. I've taken the drastic step of watching a good chunk of the match a second time.

If Malouda hadn't been such a disappointment so many times before, his performances in the two warm-up friendlies would be mouthwatering. No player can match him for doing my head in with lifeless, pitiful performances maybe Trezeguet in his last few France appearances.

Blanc drops Gourcuff and Yanga-Mbiwa for Euro 2012, Flirts with idea of playing Giroud and Benzema together

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So the Iceland friendly was an audition for Gourcuff, and it essentially showed that he wasn't ready. He's been out a good portion of the last season with injury, and didn't look ready for the international level.

Yanga-Mbiwa had received his first call-up for France to be in the provisional squad, but Blanc is willing to take a risk of including just three central defenders in his squad: Rami, Mexes, and Koscielny.

France 3, Iceland 2 – Just follow Benzema

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The first half of this Euro-2012 warm-up friendly ended 2-0 to Iceland. Both of their goals were great, and France's defending was poor. Shocking, even. Naive. Amateurish. School boy.

I really wasn't too bothered. Up front we always looked likely to score, and Benzema looked like the clear danger man.