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Sunday June 15 2014
Line-ups: France-Honduras

Juventus starlet Paul Pogba is the one to watch as France begin their World Cup campaign against Honduras.

It kicks off in Porto Alegre at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) and follows on from Switzerland-Ecuador in Group E.

Les Bleus are coached by Didier Deschamps, the former Juventus player and tactician, who has put a lot of faith in 20-year-old midfielder Pogba.

They have to do without the injured Franck Ribery, while Debuchy was also carrying a knock.

Real Madrid centre-forward Karim Benzema spearheads the attack, backed by Mathieu Valbuena and Antoinne Griezmann.

Honduras are the minnows of this group, but still capable of causing an upset, especially considering France’s recent performances in major tournaments.

In fact, France have won only one of their last nine World Cup group games.

Their key player is forward Carlos Costly, who only recently resumed training after an injury scare.

Honduras were extremely aggressive in a 2-2 friendly draw with England last week, seeing defender Bryan Beckeles sent off.

France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi; Griezmann, Benzema, Valbuena

Honduras: Valladares; Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, Izaguirre; Najar, Garrido, Palacios, Espinoza; Bengtson, Costly

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