Two-time winners and hosts France will take on Romania in the first Group A match of the 2016 European Championship finals at the Stade de France on Friday (10 June).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 8pm BST. Live TV coverage in the UK is available on ITV 1. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kick-off is at 12.30am IST (Saturday).

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Hosts France open against Romania to kick-start the Euro 2016 at the Stade de France on Friday. Les Blues come in as pre-tournament favourites, firstly owing to their squad, which is one of the best, secondly due to their exploits in the 1998 World Cup when they won the tournament at home, despite playing under intense pressure from the home crowd.

Didier Deschamps' is leading a squad filled with stars and are coming into the tournament on the back of five consecutive wins, where they have scored 13 goals while conceding six. Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba will be the players to watch, but they have talent spread all across the pitch in Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet and N'Golo Kante to name a few.

Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann
Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are the players to watch when France take on Romania in the opening Euro 2016 clash Getty

Romania, on the other hand, have won just one of their last five games, which was their 5-1 thumping of Georgia in their final warm-up game ahead of the Euros. Iordanescu has identified problems in France's defence and believes his team are capable of breaching them, but understands that they will have to withstand the pressure the host team will put them under for large parts of the match.

France will want to get off to a good start in front of their home fans, while Romania can play without any pressure, which could benefit them.



Betting Odds (Betfair)

France – 3/10

Draw – 19/5

Romania – 11

What managers are saying

Didier Deschamps (France): "I'd rather play balls that cut through: forward passes. I don't have a team that will keep the ball and wear down the opposition. Our strength lies with putting our foot down on the accelerator rather than working for a long period of time."

Anghel Iordanescu (Romania): I expect France to begin the match in a rather aggressive style. I'm sure my players are ready and determined to overcome these spells of pressure from the opposition. We don't simply want to play defensively. We want to have a balanced style of play while causing problems for the French. France do have some shortcomings at the back.

Team News


Possible XI: Lloris, Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Payet, Giroud


Possible XI: Tatarusanu, Sapunaru, Chiriches, Grigore, Rat, Pintilii, Hoban, Torje, Stanciu, Stancu, Andone