- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PARIS (AP) - France coach Didier Deschamps is putting the finishing touches on his World Cup squad with two new call-ups looking to make their debuts against the Netherlands.

Here are five things to know about Wednesday’s match:



Just like Franck Ribery eight years ago, France has another exciting newcomer pushing for his chance at the World Cup.

Antoine Griezmann, a 22-year-old winger, has scored 15 league goals for Real Sociedad this season, impressing with his cool finishing and ability to score spectacular goals. He would probably have been called up earlier but was banned from representing France until the end of 2013 for going to a nightclub shortly before a playoff match for the 2013 Under-21 European Championship.

“I don’t put myself under any pressure when I play. For me it’s a game,” Griezmann said. “If the coach called me up it’s because he thinks I can bring something to the team. I hope I can prove it out on the pitch.”

The parallel with the 30-year-old Ribery is striking.

The Bayern Munich player made his international debut just weeks before the 2006 World Cup, and went on to become one of France’s best players in the tournament as they reached the final.



With Gael Clichy out of form for Manchester City and unsure of his place in the France team, Paris Saint-Germain left back Lucas Digne has a chance to break into the World Cup squad.

Like Griezmann, the 20-year-old Digne is set to make his debut against the Dutch, with Clichy dropped from Deschamps‘ squad.

“I hoped this chance would come, it’s what I’ve worked for,” Digne said. “Raphael (Varane) and Paul (Pogba) are examples for my generation. They’ve managed to make their mark. I hope to do the same and to be part of the (World Cup) list.”

There seems to be another place up for grabs, with veteran center half Eric Abidal left out of the squad and FC Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala in line to make his second international appearance.

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