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France will look to build on their impressive world cup when they take on Spain. Didier Deschamp’s side surprised many by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil eventually losing out to the winners, Germany.
The French will be the hosts of the newly expanded 2016 tournament and with the qualification requirement removed Deschamp will be playing a number of friendlies over the coming 21 months.
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The French side in Brazil had a strong focus on youth with the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all picking up valuable experience in South America.
Deschamp is unlikely to tinker with the starting XI too much against Spain with many of those expected to be giving the opportunity to keep their places. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is one of the missing men with his place going to twice capped Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona.
Spain meanwhile will usher in a new era on Thursday. The 2010 world cup winners crashed out of the group stages in Brazil losing to both Holland and Chile.
A new generation will be ushered in with Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso both announcing their retirement while Andres Iniesta is out injured meaning that Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke gets an early chance to stake his claim for a regular place.
In fact Vicente del Bosque has kept faith with just 8 of the squad that failed to impress in Brazil with the likes of Marc Bartra, Dani Carvajal, Isco and Ander Iturraspe all getting their chance to stake a claim.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia is another called up while Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla replaces Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina as the third back up keeper.
There is no place for Fernando Torres in the squad with the in-form Diego Costa, with four goals in 3 games for Chelsea, getting an opportunity to exercise his own personal demons from Brazil.
Spain play Macedonia in their first world cup qualifier on Monday.