French to play Scotland and Cameroon ahead of Euro 2016

PARIS: France have lined up friendlies with Cameroon and Scotland in the two weeks before the nation hosts Euro 2016, their football federation said on Monday.

The Indomitable Lions, one of five African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, will take on Didier Deschamps’ charges at Nantes on May 30, while  Scotland, who failed to make the 24-team 2016 continental finals, await les  Blues at Metz on June 4.

Another non-Euro qualified team, the Netherlands, are already due to  face France in Amsterdam March 25 while Russia visit the Stade de France on March 29.

The tournament will be held across 10 French cities for a month from  June 10 to July 10

France are drawn in Group A with their opening match against Romania  on June 10 in Stade de France, followed by Albania on June 15 in Marseille and Switzerland on June 19 in Lille.

Deschamps, who won Euro 2000 as captain of the France team, has  organised a pre-Euro training camp from May 17-21 at a luxury hotel on the Basque coast where the squad can train at the facilities of Biarritz rugby club.

They will then fly off for five days altitude training at Innsbruck  Austria from May 31-June 4.