FT: France 8-0 Jamaica.
A total treat and joy to watch France strut there stuff over a completely unaware and shellshocked Jamaican side. The attacking and interplay brilliance was phenomenal, but Valbuena and Benzema deserve special mentions. The former for his attacking engine, even if he didn’t get a goal to show for it, and the latter for showing a glimpse of the world class striking ability which France will desire against the top sides in Brazil. There can’t be a better note to leave France for Rio on? Surely? Stay tuned with comprehensive player ratings to come.
21:49 GMT: Antoine Griezmann has shown his class and excellence again as a substitute, Moussa Sissoko with good dribbling, crosses and the Real Sociedad man back heels.
21:48 GMT: GOAL: France 8-0 Jamaica (Griezmann)
21:45 GMT: Such a lovely atmosphere and strong bond between the players and coaches. Everybody celebrating together, laughing together, covering for each other.
Morgan Schneiderlin on, Karim Benzema off.
21:43 GMT: Wonderful link up between Evra, Pogba and Remy but the Manchester United full back is adjudged to have received the ball in an offside position.
21:42 GMT: Loic Remy has a tame shot saved. This is set to become France’s biggest win since beating Azerbaijan 10-0 in 1995.
21:40 GMT: Respectability was nearly restored for Jamaica after a sharp counter attack but the forward is disposed by Varane.
21:38 GMT: This one is a little cruel on Valbuena who air swings at the ball when he is free by the penalty spot after an unselfish lay off to Benzema who was on a hat trick. Griezmann picks up the pieces and fires home.
Mathieu Valbuena off, Loic Remy on.
GOAL: France 7-0 Jamaica (Griezmann)
21:35 GMT: Antoine Griezmann angles a shot wide after good link up Valbuena, who has been the centre of everything positive tonight.
21:32 GMT: Dawkins has a rare opportunity for Jamaica, which bobbles but is saved by Lloris. Valbuena with a big miss as he is free in the penalty area but flashes his half-volley wide.
21:30 GMT: Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann on. Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi off.
21:29 GMT: THIS MAN IS ON FIRE! Sissoko darts into the box on the right hand side, delays his eventual pass to Benzema who unleashes a worldie which flies onto the post.
21:27 GMT: Reports from France that Debuchy may have fractured a bone in his leg. Unconfirmed at present.
21:26 GMT: A great ball in from Evra, lovely whip, but nobody picks up Matuidi, the midfield machine, who duly focuses and places the ball in the back of the net.
GOAL: France 6-0 Jamaica (Matuidi)
21:23 GMT: I am running fast out of superlatives. Matuidi plays the ball to Benzema from the left flank and the Real Madrid poacher is allowed the space and time to intricately find the top left corner. Pure joy here in Lille.
Humphrey off, Sheriff on for Jamaica.
GOAL: France 5-0 Jamaica (Benzema)
21:20 GMT: Valbuena with the cross field ball, Sagna receives it and incisively passes it to Benzema who turns, combines with Giroud and the ball goes out for a corner. Varane has a free header from it and the goalkeeper makes the save.
21:18 GMT: Giroud has a stinging shot saved by the goalkeeper. Moussa Sissoko has gained confidence as the evening has progressed. Beats two players, before eventually overrunning it down the right hand flank.
21:15 GMT: The French just won’t lie down here and frankly it is turning into a quite inspiring performance. Valbuena puts a corner in and Evra sees his free header wide.
Yohan Cabaye off, Rio Mavuba on.
21:12 GMT: Benzema and Giroud combine fantastically well and the Real Madrid man puts an excellent cross into the six yard area, and, although he admittedly needs the help of the upright, Giroud’s shot eventually nestles into the back of the net.
21:11 GMT: GOAL: France 4-0 Jamaica (Giroud)
21:09 GMT: Delightful play by Valbuena and Sissoko who exchange passes before the former fires at a Jamaican defender.
21:05 GMT: More of the same it seems since the second half has begun from France. Valbuena rather amusingly is adjudged to have fouled Rodolph Austin.
21:03 GMT: Bacary Sagna on for Mathieu Debuchy. Jamaica change: Lawrence off, Gray on.
21:02 GMT: Players to come back out imminently.
HT: France 3-0 Jamaica. A wonderfully active and bright French performance full of perseverance and purpose. Valbuena the stand out, but Benzema has adapted superbly well to not being placed as the front man. Back four solid, some doubts about the defensive contributions of Evra and Debuchy however. Cabaye and Matuidi running the show, Sissoko chasing shadows.
20:45 GMT: Hugo Lloris is forced to make two saves from the subsequent free kick that Yohan Cabaye gave away. Comfortable however.
20:44 GMT: Yohan Cabaye is booked for a chop-down challenge and then berates the assistant referee for the decision.
20:42 GMT: More teasing play from Valbuena, who curls a ball in which eludes everyone and is a whisker away from creeping in past the goalkeeper’s left hand.
20:40 GMT: Another piece of interlinking play between Benzema and Giroud, with the latter’s shot into the palms of the goalkeeper.
20:38 GMT: Karim Benzema has scored the best goal of the night so far. Evra bursts into the box but has nowhere to go, so he passes back to Benzema on the edge of the area. From then on, the Real Madrid man shifts towards the centre and bends into the corner.
20:38 GMT: GOAL: France 3-0 Jamaica (Benzema)
20:31 GMT: Valbuena arches another fantastic ball into the path of Giroud and after a bit of hold up he gives it back to Giroud who’s touch lets him down. Sissoko then gives an awful pass to Debuchy, and the player is hurt. Most likely a dead leg.
20:29 GMT: The pressing from France is almost perfect. Rather than little and often, it is precise and effective. Jamaica are unable to string more than three or four passes together.
20:26 GMT: Mathieu Valbuena the magician and the maker again this evening for the French team. His commitment to the national cause is simply unparalleled. Matuidi’s cross to Benzema is wonderful, but his shot forces him to turn 180 and the goalkeeper makes the stop. Valbuena then has a strike saved.
20:23 GMT: France are not letting off either after that second goal. The fluidity and allowance that Deschamps has given his attackers to roam across the Jamaican back four, and frankly, they are not up to the task to stopping the myriad off of the ball runs that Les Bleus have been making. Nice buildup from France again and a little Matuidi-Valbuena one-two nearly comes off but the former’s final pass is blocked.
20:20 GMT: Fantastic double from France and Deschamps can smile, because, the tactical seeds that he has been planting are starting bare fruit. The brilliance of Cabaye’s goal is all in the build-up. He starts off the initial move and then hammers home after a deft touch from Giroud. Benzema is the architect for the second goal and shows real intelligence to find an unmarked Matuidi on the edge of the area to fire into the corner.
20:20 GMT: GOAL: France 2-0 Jamaica (Matuidi)
20:16 GMT: GOAL: France 1-0 Jamaica (Cabaye)
20:15 GMT: A bit of a mismatch at the back between Sakho and Lloris, with the former executing a shaky back pass which his captain dispatches out for an opposition throw. The shake of the Tottenham man’s head said it all really.
20:13 GMT: Half chance for Jamaica. Humphrey gets in behind the defence, with Evra strangely retreating into the box, and fizzes a good ball across the six yard area, which is eventually cleared.
20:11 GMT: The style of play that Deschamps is likely to implement at the World Cup is starting to become more obvious, friendly after friendly. It appears he will rely on the target men in the box rather than passing their way through the opposition. A notable adaptation since the Ribery days.
20:10 GMT: Benzema and Valbuena do appear to be regularly switching wings, which is an interesting tactic to say the least. Not sure how successful it will prove to be. Benzema likes to be assured positionally. Another in swinger from Debuchy this time, but it eludes everybody including keeper Barrett.
20:08 GMT: Nice through ball from Matuidi who unleashes Evra who’s cross is blocked for a corner which is taken short, and the eventual ball in is unsuccessful.
20:07 GMT: France are really in the mood tonight, very precise and energetic movement and passing.
20:03 GMT: Very early and bright French pressure. Karim Benzema’s cross is just missed by Giroud.
20:00 GMT: We are underway.
19:59 GMT: We are all set here in Lille. A real sense of hope and anticipation in this squad. A very positive atmosphere. Jamaica have a pre-match huddle, nothing to lose, but nothing to gain. Pride at stake only.
19:57 GMT: The national anthems are being sung. A record attendance here in Lille’s new Stade Pierre Mauroy., which opened in the summer of 2012 and will be one of the key stadia for Euro 2016.
19:55 GMT: This is the first time that France will face Jamaica ever. Their 89th footballing opponent in the national team’s illustrious history.
19:52 GMT: France will deploy a 4-3-3 formation this evening, contrary to what the official team sheet tells me here. Karim Benzema down the left is certainly an experiment. Paul Pogba is rested and the exigent Moussa Sissoko duly steps up. The back five that Deschamps has selected tonight is widely regarded as his first choice for Brazil.
19:49 GMT: It has been a difficult week at France’s World Cup preparation camp, with the announcements that both Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier would be axed from the 23 through injury. Remy Cabella and Morgan Schneiderlin take fortune after a generally accepted negative for France’s World Cup aspirations.
Jamaica XI vs France: Barrett, Doyley, Morgan, Mariappa, Austin, Beckett, Lawrence, Grant, Humphrey, Dawkins, Seaton.
France XI vs Jamaica: Lloris – Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra – Cabaye, Sissoko, Matuidi – Valbuena, Giroud, Benzema.
19:45 GMT: Good evening and welcome to live text commentary of France’s final World Cup warmup fixture vs Jamaica in Lille.