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How Germany could line up against France

By Rune Gjerulff

Here's how Germany should line up against France tomorrow according to Sky pundit Lothar Matthäus.

Timo Werner.
Timo Werner.Photo: Эдгар Брещанов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0
Tomorrow, the German national team will be back on the pitch for the first time since the miserable performance at the World Cup in Russia as 'Die Mannschaft' go head to head with world champions France.

German national coach Joachim Löw has mostly been using a 4-2-3-1 system lately, but Sky pundit and former German international Lothar Matthäus would like to see 'Die Mannschaft' line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation for the match against France.

Löw has previously experimented with that exact system - for example at the Confederations Cup - so the team shouldn't be completely unaccustomed with it.

Here are the players Matthäus would advise Löw to pick for the line-up:

Manuel Neuer - Jerome Boateng, Niklas Süle, Mats Hummels - Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Toni Kroos, Nico Schulz - Thomas Müller, Marco Reus - Timo Werner.

If Löw picks a 4-2-3-1 formation instead, Germany are likely to line up like this:

Neuer - Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Schulz - Goretzka, Kroos - Müller, Reus, Draxler - Werner.

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