(Sporting Alert) — Midfielder Xavi has been passed fit to start for Spain in tonight’s World Cup – Group I qualifyingclash with France at Stade de France.
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The Barcelona playmaker missed the shocking 1-1 draw with Finland last week because of an ankle injury, but returns to partner his club teammates Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta in midfield.
Xabi Alonso also come back into the starting team, with Santi Cazorla, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas dropped. David Villa and Pedro will lead the attack.
Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba starts for France, with Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema also handed starting places.
Arsenal’s forward Olivier Giroud, QPR’s Loic Remy and Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko all start on the bench.
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France v Spain
France: Lloris, Jallet, Koscielny, Varane, Evra, Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Valbuena, Ribery, Benzema
Subs: Mandanda, Fanni, Sakho, Giroud, Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa, Menez, Gonalons, Remy, Payet, Clichy, Landreau
Spain: Valdes, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Monreal, Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Pedro
Subs: Reina, Albiol, Javi Garcia, Azpilicueta, Negredo, Fabregas, Mata, Isco, Cazorla, Jesus Navas, De Gea
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)