France coach Laurent Blanc has revealed he will keep the majority of the back line that shut out Luxembourg 2-0 in their Euro 2012 qualifier last week for the upcoming international friendly against Croatia.
The 45-year-old was expected to hand some fringe players like goalkeeper Steve Mandanda a start against the Croats on Tuesday but the Bleus tactician will stick with the same defence corps that got the job done in Luxembourg.
"Just so we're clear, Hugo [Lloris] will start tomorrow and I will not touch the central defence pairing of [Philippe] Mexes and [Adil] Rami," Blanc said during a press conference on Tuesday.
"Hugo needs as much playing time as possible to build a relationship based on trust with the defenders in front of him."
Blanc went on to state that he plans on using all the substitutions available to him.
"We will be entitled to make six substitutions in the friendly and it's my intention to use all of them," he concluded.
The match will kick off at 21:00 CET at the Stade de France.