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Podcast: France a tough test for U.S., Klinsmann

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Jurgen Klinsmann faces his toughest test since taking over as United States head coach when his side travels to Paris to take on a revitalized France team in a friendly Friday.

Klinsmann has just one win in five games since replacing Bob Bradley and has already attracted criticism, despite insisting he needs time to turn around the squad's fortunes.

The France friendly was the lead topic on this week's Martin Rogers Yahoo! Soccer Podcast, in conjunction with World Football Daily. USA midfielder Maurice Edu called in from France and spoke to Rogers, discussing the need for the Americans to get quick results to ease the pressure on Klinsmann.

Edu broke down the France game and spoke about the importance of the USA to take on big-name opponents in order for them to be properly prepared for major tournaments in the future.

French journalist Julien Laurens revealed that France is using the game to evaluate some fresh talent, with head coach Laurent Blanc planning to make changes to his usual lineup.

Yet Klinsmann is also shorthanded after Landon Donovan decided to remain in California to prepare for the Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS Cup final against the Houston Dynamo.

[Related: Landon Donovan's change of mind benefits Galaxy]

ESPN correspondent Allen Hopkins weighed in with his thoughts on Donovan's choice, and explained how U.S. Soccer is spreading its net far and wide in a bid to recruit new players to the national team.

It is a busy week for the beautiful game, with eight teams engaged in playoffs for the remaining four spots in the 2012 European Championships. David Hytner of The Guardian newspaper discussed the excitement in the Republic of Ireland, which is trying to qualify for a major tournament for the first time in a decade, helping by Galaxy goal scorer Robbie Keane.

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Rogers and Sophie Nicolaou play "Agree and Disagree" while Rogers gives his "Teacher's Marks" on a several topics regarding international soccer.

To have your comments and questions answered on next week's show, message Martin Rogers at @mrogersyahoo. To subscribe to the full version of World Football Daily, go to www.worldfootballdaily.com.

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