Kylian Mbappé rejoices after sealing France's 4-0 home win against the Dutch in World Cup qualifying
  • France drew 0-0 with Germany in opener
  • Dutch won 2-1 v Peru in friendly on Thursday
  • France beat Dutch twice in World Cup qualifying

Possible line-ups

France: Areola; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba, Kanté; Mbappé, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud

Netherlands: Cillessen; Tete, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; Wijnaldum, Strootman, Vormer, Pröpper; Depay, Babel

Reporter's view: David Crossan (@UEFAcomDavidC)

Didier Deschamps has to balance the desire of his World Cup winners to bask in the acclaim of the French fans – and the Stade de France crowd's wish to see the stars of the Russia campaign in action – with the fatigue that was apparent in the closing stages against Germany. It will be a triumphant homecoming for Les Bleus, no matter what happens against the Dutch, who have plenty to prove.

What the coaches say

Deschamps steered France to summer glory

Didier Deschamps, France coach

We're returning home, but we need to be more efficient [than against Germany]. We ran out of steam towards the end and obviously the entire squad is not yet in top form. Not at this time of the season. I haven't decided yet whether to rotate players – anything is possible. Given that it's our first match back at the Stade de France, in front of our fans, I'll see how everyone recovers.

Ronald Koeman, Netherlands coach

France are the world champions for a reason, without really playing great or beautiful football. When you want to improve, you have to play against nations of this level. The World Cup has proven that nothing is impossible – just look at [runners-up] Croatia – but we're certainly the underdogs.

Form guide


2018 World Cup

  • Qualifying – 1st in Group A (W7 D2 L1)
  • Final tournament – winners (W6 D1 L0)
  • Last five matches (most recent first): DWWWW


2018 World Cup

  • Qualifying – 3rd in Group A (W6 D1 L3)
  • Final tournament – did not qualify
  • Last five matches (most recent first): WDDWL