France v Portugal: How sides compare

Simon Collings compares the two sides before they clash in Euro 2016 final.

PORTUGAL

Expected team (4-1-2-1-2): Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; William Carvalho; Mario, Adrien Silva; Sanches; Nani, Ronaldo.

Rui Patricio -

The goalkeeper played just once at the 2014 World Cup due to injury, but he has been a regular and his penalty heroics helped topple Poland in the quarter-finals.

Cedric Soares -

Joined Southampton for €6.5m last summer and he has showcased his talents on many occasions, but is liable to being caught out defensively.

Pepe -

The Real Madrid defender missed the semi-final win over Wales due to injury but, given his importance to the team, is expected to return for the final.

Jose Fonte -

Didn’t make his international debut until he was 30, the centre-back came into the side for the last-16 clash with Croatia and hasn’t been dropped since.

Raphael Guerreiro -

At 22 the left-back is one of the breakout stars of the tournament and he will be playing for Borussia Dortmund next season. Like Soares, better going forward than defending.

William Carvalho -

Missed the semi-final through suspension, but has played in every game other than Portugal’s opening round draw with Iceland and likely to replace Danilo.

Joao Mario -

Linked with a big-money move to the Premier League after a great season with Sporting Lisbon, the midfielder offers bags of energy and creativity.

Adrien Silva -

Born in France to a Portuguese father and French mother, he was omitted from the 2014 World Cup squad and only made his international debut in November 2014.

Renato Sanches -

Only 18 but seemingly loving the limelight, the midfielder has taken Euro 2016 by storm and France will have to find a way to keep him quiet.

Nani -

Playing in an unorthodox role of a striker, the former Manchester United man has been one of the surprises of the tournament by scoring three goals and claiming one assist.

Cristiano Ronaldo -

Started slowly but now coming into his own with three goals and three assists. At 31, he must feel this is his best chance to help Portugal win a major title.

FRANCE

Expected team (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud.

Hugo Lloris -

The captain and leader of this young France team was superb in the semi-final win over Germany and will have to be at his best to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at bay.

Bacary Sagna -

At 33 the right-back is no longer in his prime, but his experience has proved invaluable in helping Didier Deschamps mould this team.

Laurent Koscielny -

The Arsenal defender hasn’t put a foot wrong and is undoubtedly one of the players of the tournament. Has done well to cope with changing centre-back partners.

Samuel Umtiti -

Made his international debut in the quarter-final win over Iceland and was imperious against Germany in the next round. Deserves to start ahead of Adil Rami.

Patrice Evra -

At 35 this is likely to be his last major tournament, but like Sagna he offers a wealth of experience which could be crucial during the final.

Paul Pogba -

The poster boy of this tournament has shown glimpses of why he is being touted as the first £100m player. Capable of winning the final on his own with a moment of magic but must offer more.

Blaise Matuidi -

The engine room of the team and always happy to do the dirty work. Could make way for N’Golo Kante but likely to shade it given the fact he has 50 caps.

Moussa Sissoko -

Relegated from the Premier League with Newcastle United last season, the midfielder has become a key player for France by offering pace and power from out wide.

Antoine Griezmann -

Top scorer and player of the tournament so far, the 25-year-old was dropped after the opening game with Romania but he has defied his critics in fine fashion.

Dimitri Payet -

Carried over his brilliant club form for West Ham into Euro 2016 and he is now undroppable after being a bit-part player only a year ago.

Olivier Giroud -

Often lambasted for his lack of goals, the Arsenal striker has proved his worth by linking up superbly with Griezmann in the absence of first-choice forward Karim Benzema.

 

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