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DAMIEN'S FOUR TO WATCH

Posted on 12 November 2005  - 12:00

Sporting Director Damien Comolli selects his four to look out for from the French Under 21 side ahead of their European Championship play-off against England at the Lane on Friday, kick-off 7.30pm.

Sporting Director Damien Comolli selects his four to look out for from the French Under 21 side ahead of their European Championship play-off against England at the Lane on Friday, kick-off 7.30pm.

Jeremy Berthod (Lyon)
Jeremy is one of the under-17 world champions from 2001 who can play either left centre back or left back. He plays for Lyon and has big Champions League experience. He is the type of player who will play 20-25 games a season for Lyon, very reliable, strong and tough. He is a good player.

Antonio Mavuba (Bordeaux)
Mavuba is a great player on the ball - very, very talented - and plays in the holding midfield role. His vision and passing is excellent and he already has three or four caps for the full national team. He started the game against the Republic of Ireland last year at the Stade de France and he is a great kid with a lot of potential.

If it was over one game I would say a draw, so over two games I will say two draws and the away goals will probably make the difference.

Bacary Sagna (Auxerre)
Bacary plays for Auxerre and I saw him play last Sunday against Paris St Germain and he did play very well. He is good going forward - very quick, powerful with a good technique. He likes to defend as well and some of his tackles are quite spectacular to watch.

Franck Ribery (Marseille)
Ribery is the one to watch! He is the one who gets everyone excited. He can play wide left, wide right, No.10 or second striker. Franck is excellent with fantastic skills, great stamina and can work up and down all day long. I saw him play two weeks ago against Paris St Germain and he ran the show. He is good to watch and I recommend anyone who is coming along to keep an eye on him.

Prediction (over two legs)
Honestly, I hope England go through because of our players and it would be a fantastic experience for them to play in the European Championship. I am absolutely not able to tell you who will win because it will be too tight to really speculate.