- Real Madrid teenager Raphael Varane was in with a chance of making his senior debut but the defender has pulled out of the squad through injury and been replaced by new Newcastle signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
- One player who could make his international debut is Rennes attacking midfielder Romain Alessandrini, joined among the options in midfield by another St. James' Park newcomer in Moussa Sissoko, who may have earned a start alongside teammate Yohan Cabaye.
- Karim Benzema should start up front, supported by Menez and Ribery from wide positions.
- There will be no potential debutants in the Germany side and with Klose out injured, Mario Gomez is the only out-and-out striker in the squad.
- Elsewhere there have been withdrawals from Dortmund trio Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is also out.
- The Bender twins could be the only back-up to Kroos and Khedira in the double pivot, while Howedes is likely to be played at right-back over Jerome Boateng.
- Despite playing away from home Germany will be favourites to win this match, though a raft of injuries to Joachim Low's side should make this a tight encounter.
- France come into the game with a full strength squad available and though they are likely to field a familiar line-up, les Bleus have strong options from the bench if need be.
- In what should be a competitive friendly match, a moment of magic from either side could decide this one.