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Reggae Boyz face tough test in France

Published:Sunday | June 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz will oppose FIFA 2014 World Cup contenders France in a friendly international today in Lille, France, starting at 2 p.m. (Jamaica time).

Having suffered consecutive friendly defeats against Serbia, and Switzerland before drawing with Egypt on Wednesday, the Reggae Boyz will be hoping to produce a much better performance against the Frenchmen.

However, with just one defeat in the last 10 games, the Didier Deschamps-coached France will be going into the game on their best run of form since the former Marseille boss took over two years ago.

Simon Dawkins and Joel Grant who scored the goals for Jamaica against Egypt in their 2-2 on Wednesday, are expected to lead the Reggae Boyz strike force.

However, both Reggae Boyz will find it difficult to get past a very solid French backline, which includes the likes of Manchester United defender Patricia Evra, Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool, Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal.

The Reggae Boyz defence, which has conceded five goals in their last three games, is also expected to come under a lot of pressure from the powerful French attack.

Arsenal's striker, Olivier Giroud, along with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Queen's Rangers Loic Remy will lead the French hunt for goals. Lloyd Doyley, Adrian Marriappa and Kemar Lawrence should start in defence for the Reggae Boyz while captain Rodolph Austin, Romario Campbell, Chris Humphrey are expected to start in midfield for the Jamaicans.