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Netherlands v France LIVE: Kylian Mbappe on the bench for Euro 2024 clash


Kylian Mbappe leaves France game covered in blood as fans shower forward with whistles

France take on Netherlands in their second Euro 2024 fixture today and face an anxious wait on the fitness of talisman Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe broke his nose during France’s opening win over Austria on Monday night but the superstar forward returned to training on Thursday sporting a blue, white and red mask in display of the French tricolore.

However, he may be banned from wearing that specific mask due to Uefa rules that state “medical equipment worn on the playing field must be of a single colour” and “must not allow the team or manufacturer to be identified”. According to reports in France, the superstar forward was presented with a range of other masks to wear, some of which were plain and would be suited to Uefa’s regulations.

Mbappe is hopeful of being involved against the Netherlands, with head coach Didier Deschamps confirming that “things are moving in the right direction” when asked about the 25-year-old’s availability the day before the game. Both sides will be looking to build on narrow opening wins, with the Dutch beating Poland 2-1 thanks to Wout Weghorst’s 83rd-minute goal and Les Bleus downing a stubborn Austria 1-0 after a Max Wober own goal.

Follow all the latest on Mbappe and then updates from the game itself with our blog below:

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Netherlands vs France

France have won seven of their past eight matches against the Netherlands in all competitions, with the exception being a 2-0 loss in the Nations League in November 2018.

Mike Jones21 June 2024 19:15

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Netherlands vs France

This will be the fourth meeting between the Netherlands and France at the Euros. France prevailed on penalties in the quarter-finals in 1996, while the Netherlands won both their group-stage encounters (3-2 in 2000, 4-1 in 2008).

Mike Jones21 June 2024 19:10

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How things stand after first matches

While both nations won their opener, it was Didier Deschamps’ side who had the tougher encounter and ultimately only beat Austria by virtue of an own goal – and it was a costly victory too, with Kylian Mbappe exiting the match with a broken nose and no return date in sight.

The Dutch were electric but wasteful at times during their own win over Poland, leaving it late to claim the points through Wout Weghorst’s winner.

Mike Jones21 June 2024 19:05

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Netherlands vs France team changes

Ronald Koeman makes just one change to the Netherlands team that defeated Poland in their opening match. Joey Veerman drops to the bench with Jeremie Frimpong replacing him in the line-up.

For France, there’s no Kylian Mbappe. His broken nose means the striker starts the game on the bench and may not even feature. He is replaced with Aurelien Tchouameni in the starting team in what is Didier Deschamps only change.

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:57

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France starting XI

France XI: France XI: Maignan, Kounde, Upamecano, Saliba, T Hernandez, Kante, Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Thuram

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:52

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Netherlands starting XI

Netherlands XI: Verbruggen; Dumfies, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake; Schouten, Frimpong; Simons, Reijnders, Gakpo, Depay

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:50

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Kylian Mbappe injury latest as special mask set to be banned due to Euro 2024 rule

Kylian Mbappe unveiled a specially designed mask to protect his broken nose as the France captain targets a return to the pitch against the Netherlands at Euro 2024, but he may be banned from wearing it due to Uefa rules.

Mbappe broke his nose during France’s opening win over Austria on Monday night but the superstar forward returned to training on Thursday sporting a blue, white and red mask in display of the French tricolore.

However, Uefa rules state that “medical equipment worn on the playing field must be of a single colour” and “must not allow the team or manufacturer to be identified”.

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:45

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Gareth Southgate’s triple substitution was his boldest move yet but now he faces even bigger question

It was the first time Gareth Southgate had been England’s unlikely axeman by culling three attacking talents for about three weeks. If, at least, Marcus Rashford, James Maddison and Jack Grealish discovered on different days that they had not made the cut for Euro 2024, a trio at the front of the pecking order saw their numbers come up together. Unlike Rashford and Grealish, they had no warning.

Exit Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden when England needed a goal. The men taken off were England’s record scorer, their reigning player of the year and England’s new Footballer of the Year. It may have been the most dramatic triple substitution of the Southgate years.

The surprise in a draw with Denmark was not simply how bad England were, but who finished the game in the attack: Jarrod Bowen, Ollie Watkins and Eberechi Eze could have comprised a serviceable but unexceptional mid-table Premier League forward line, at least until each had a breakthrough season.

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:37

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This England team is broken. Is there time to fix it?

As the England players met their families in Frankfurt after a dismal draw with Denmark, there was a “tension”, and it wasn’t all to do with the result. Some relatives of squad members feel that Gareth Southgate has made “commitments” to certain players, but is not picking those who deserve it or are in form. It started to seep in afterwards. A concern is growing that Southgate is too wedded to certain senior players. There have been acerbic comments about not wanting to “upset” them.

It should be acknowledged that that perception goes against the huge decisions he made in selecting this squad, where he left many big names out. Some of this is also the natural irritation that comes when a player is left out, and when results are poor. Everything feels different after an encouraging performance. It’s also a risk of letting families in after games in the way England have maturely tried to do.

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:30

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‘Everyone has to be ready’

France boss Didier Deschamps says he will give Kylian Mbappe as long as possible to recover from a broken nose before deciding on a starting XI for tonight’s game.

Whether Mbappe starts or not Deschamps is confident in whoever he chooses will help the team defeat the Netherlands.

“I try to talk to the players who are going to start the game, and the players who are not going to start the game,” he said.

“We are a group. You need to manage the group. It was the same with the first match – the players who will start and those who will be on the bench.

“Everyone has to be ready. I don’t think it’s anything special.”

Mike Jones21 June 2024 18:22



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