Singapore to face France U21s in friendly

The Lions are set to spar with top French side on Reunion Island on June 2.

The Football Federation of Singapore (FAS) has announced a friendly match between the Singapore National Team and the France National Under-21 Team on the French island of Réunion this coming June.

Réunion is an overseas region of France, located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and the Lions are set to face a French U21s side that has so far been unbeaten in U21 European Championship qualifying.

"I am absolutely thrilled for the boys to play against one of the top Under-21 teams in the world," Singapore coach Bernd Stange said.

"This is a great platform for us to bring in and test some of our younger players against top notch opposition and we have a committed group of players in this squad who are determined to prove their place in the National Team, even for a friendly game."

While the upcoming World Cup competition might rob the French U21 side of the likes of Juventus starlet Paul Pogba and Real Madrid defender Raphaël Varane, there might still be an opportunity to face up and coming young guns like Chelsea's Kurt Zouma and Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo.

"The exposure and experience of playing against a top international team will be essential to development and will add value to our team's strength and I am sure our boys will give everything they have into this game," Stange said.

"I am looking forward to an exciting game of brilliant football and regardless of the result, I know my players will have a lot to learn from it."

The full squad list for this friendly will be released at a later date.

Main Photo Credit: Alfie Lee/Football Association of Singapore