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Sep 06 2018 by Dustin Murphy
The top team from each of the groups will qualify for a mini-tournament to be played in March 2020 which offers a UEFAEURO 2020 qualifying spot for the winners.
France won the World Cup two months ago and head coach Didier Deschamps has retained the entirety of the squad that triumphed in Russian Federation, with the exception of captain Hugo Lloris and fellow goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, both ruled out by injury. Leroy Sane is in the squad after missing the World Cup, and all eyes will be on him after failing to win minutes with Manchester City at the start of the season. Germany were favourites at this World Cup as well.
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports, with highlights on ITV, but it will be the first time live coverage of an entire senior worldwide tournament is denied to terrestrial viewers.
The top-ranked teams are in League A and the lowest in League D.
France will have to cope with the burden of expectations but the availability of their top stars, who were part of the World Cup-winning squad, will put them at ease. Germany might consider switching to a back three and moving Joshua Kimmich to midfield.
It goes without saying that England want to build on the positivity in the country after reaching the World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation, and while a poor performance could prove deflating there is every reason to be optimistic about England's chances of winning the whole thing. There have been six draws as well, and the most recent encounter was in a friendly back in 2017, which ended in a stalemate. The 55 teams will be drawn into groups as usual, but this time the qualifying stage will produce 20 teams for the 24-team competition. Three players, Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schulz and Kai Havertz, will have their first chance to earn their global debut. Under Didier Deschamps, the French superstars led by Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba have played a determined brand of football that refuses to give an inch. France could start potentially 10 of the 11 players who started against Croatia in the final.
France will have to do without skipper Hugo Lloris who misses out with a thigh injury. With backup keeper, Steve Mandanda also injured, France do not have an experienced keeper on their roster. Deschamps called the uncapped Benjamin Lecomte as a replacement on Monday. Joachim Low's side - now without Mesut Ozil - will look to make a real statement of intent against the 2018 winners in Russian Federation. And what could be better than playing the reigning World Champions?
Former World Cup winnersGermany and current holders France will kick off the inaugural Uefa Nations League on Friday morning (Singapore time), with the Germans also hoping that it will herald in a new era.
Yes, the live streaming of Germany vs France of UEFANations League is available online.
Even if it doesn't appear as a transcendental tournament, the winners of every group will face each other during the next summer.