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Watch France v Brazil live on ITV4

Brazil face France in Paris. Credit: PA

Matt Smith presents live coverage as France play Brazil in an international friendly at the Stade de France in Paris.

The two countries met in the 1998 World Cup Final where France ran out 3-0 victors after two goals from Zinedine Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit.

Ex-Arsenal favourite Petit joins Matt in the studio alongside Bolton boss Neil Lennon. Coverage starts on ITV from 7:40pm.

Henry issues warning to Arsenal about Liverpool

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has warned his former club not to allow their Premier League title drought to last as long as Liverpool's.

Henry wants to see his old club win the Premier League again. Credit: PA

Henry was playing for the Gunners when they last won England's top flight back in 2004, and doesn't believe Arsene Wenger's side are too far away from another league title.

It still doesn't come close to the lengthy wait rivals Liverpool continue to endure for an elusive Premier League crown.

Speaking to French publication L'Equipe, footballer-turned-pundit Henry explained:

If I had told you in 1990 that Liverpool would not win the title in the next 25 years, you would have taken me for a madman. I don't want the same thing to happen to Arsenal.

It's already been 11 years. This year, we're not so far off. With the exception of the first leg against Monaco, they are on the right track, but they undoubtedly dropped too many points at the start of the season. But I think this squad can win the title in the years to come.

– Thierry Henry speaking to L'Equipe


Iniesta happy to be playing final in Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is unsurprisingly pleased that the Copa del Rey final will be played at the club's Nou Camp stadium.

The Catalans will face Athletic Bilbao in the final on 30 May in Barcelona, after the two clubs failed to agree on a neutral venue and Real Madrid refused to host it at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Andres Iniesta will get a home crowd. Credit: PA

"I like the choice," Iniesta told Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "It's a very good venue.

"The important thing is that we will be playing in the final.

"The Copa final is a very special day and we hope that it will be an extraordinary time for both Barca and Athletic fans."

Walcott reveals Arsenal yet to offer him a new deal

Walcott could leave on a free transfer. Credit: PA

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has taken to Twitter to reveal the club has yet to offer him a new contract.

The England forward's current deal will expire at the end of next season and he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer if no contract is signed.

Walcott also moved to say that he has not demanded any contract from the club and denies any rift or bust-up with manager Arsene Wenger.

West Brom pay tribute to Astle with retro kit

West Brom will pay a memorable and lasting tribute to legendary striker Jeff Astle by wearing a replica of the white 1968 Wembley strip in which their centre forward enjoyed his most iconic Albion moment and scored the FA Cup Final winner.

West Brom beat Everton 1-0 at Wembley and Astle got the goal deep into extra-time.

The Baggies will wear the kit for their Premier League clash against Leicester City on April 11.

The change of strip is part of “Astle Day” when a Foundation in Jeff’s name will be launched by his family which will promote care of other sufferers and research and education into CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

Astle passed away from the disease at the age of just 59 in 2002.


Former Arsenal striker Bendtner bags hat-trick in win over USA

Bendtner bagged three goals. Credit: Reuters

Nicklas Bendtner scored his first international hat-trick, including a last-gasp winner, as Denmark earned a 3-2 international friendly victory over the United States in Aarhus.

Jozy Altidore gave USA a 19th-minute lead with a powerful volley from a tight angle, before Bendtner tapped home from close range to equalise for Denmark shortly after the half-hour mark.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side got their noses in front once again when lax Denmark defending allowed Altidore to spring the offside trap and set up Aron Johannsson who made no mistake from close range.

Bendtner drew Denmark level when he blasted home at the far post with seven minutes remaining, before sealing his hat-trick and his side's victory in fine fashion by volleying home from the edge of the area in stoppage time.

Victory for Morten Olsen's side was the perfect preparation for Sunday's crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against France in Paris.

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