Sakho enjoys France’s rout of Jamaica as England players arrive in Brazil

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Mamadou Sakho and his France team look in fine form going into the World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil this week.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 21, 2013: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho in action against Southampton during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho in action against Southampton during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool centre-back played the full 90 minutes of France’s 8-0 thrashing of Jamaica on Sunday night.

It was their final warm-up game before the tournament gets underway with Les Bleus beginning their campaign against Honduras at the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on Sunday, 15th June.

Sakho partnered Real Madrid’s Raphael Varance in defence and looks set to continue in the role for the tournament itself.

Whilst Sakho kept a clean sheet at the back, goals from Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (2), Karim Benzema (2), Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann (2) sunk the Reggae Boyz in Lille.

France are in Group E alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, following their goalless draw against Honduras in Miami, USA on Saturday night, England’s players have arrived in Brazil.

A large Liverpool contingent is amongst Roy Hodgson’s squad, with Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and Rickie Lambert all vying for starting places.

Jon Flanagan remains in Hodgson’s back-up squad, which can be called upon any time up to 24 hours before England’s first World Cup game against Italy at Arena Amazônia in Manaus on Saturday, 14th June.

On their arrival at the training camp in Rio de Janeiro, Gerrard posted this photo on Instagram:

And Daniel Sturridge posted this video from his balcony:

The World Cup gets underway with Brazil v Croatia at 9pm (UK) on Thursday, 12th June.

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