Probable line-ups: France-Italy

Roberto Mancini is set to make several changes to his Italy side for the friendly against World Cup contenders France, including Federico Chiesa and Bryan Cristante.

It kicks off in Nice on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The Azzurri beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Monday in Mancini’s debut, with Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti on target.

Balo remains in doubt due to a muscular problem, but hopes to start in his ‘home’ arena, where he played with Nice for the last two years.

Salvatore Sirigu will start in goal rather than Gianluigi Donnarumma, while Leonardo Bonucci and Domenico Criscito could be rested in favour of Mattia Caldara and Mattia De Sciglio.

Bryan Cristante of Atalanta and Fiorentina starlet Federico Chiesa could get starts.

France swept Ireland aside 2-0 and stick with their 4-3-3 formation under Coach Didier Deschamps, who is warming up for the World Cup.

Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba are expected to come back in to the starting XI, having been substitutes in that game, with the Atletico Madrid forward and Kylian Mbappé regularly switching positions to confuse opposition defenders.

Full-backs Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are also urged to push forward.

Probable line-ups

France: Lloris; Pavard, Rami, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Tolisso, Kanté, Pogba; Griezmann, Mbappé, Dembélé

Italy: Sirigu; Zappacosta, Caldara, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Pellegrini, Jorginho, Cristante; Chiesa, Balotelli, Insigne

Ref: Taylor (ENG)

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