Stange not expecting France repeat
Stange's men pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Les Bleus at the Stade de France last September but Laurent Blanc's side responded well and head into tomorrow's match top of Group D by four points from their hosts and Albania.
Despite their stunning win in Paris, Stange sought to lower the expectations of the home fans as Belarus will be without eight first-team regulars tomorrow and against bottom-team Luxembourg on Tuesday.
"This time we have too many problems with the squad," he said. "However, we are happy to play another home game and have to be ready to produce another miracle."
Alexander Hleb, Vitali Kutuzov, Sergei Krivets, Vitali Rodionov and Anton Amelchenko miss out through injury, while Dmitri Molosh, Alexander Kulchiy and Sergei Kornilenko are suspended. Sergei Chernik and Vitali Trubilo have been handed their first call-ups with Andrei Voronkov also drafted in.
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri struggled for fitness in the Premier League run-in but has travelled to Minsk as part of a strong-looking French squad.
Patrice Evra and Eric Abidal - fresh from their involvement in last weekend's UEFA Champions League final for Manchester United and Barcelona, respectively - are included, as is Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, who has not had a competitive game for three weeks.
Sakho giving his all
Mamadou Sakho has been tipped for a starting spot in the absence of the injured Philippe Mexes, and the Paris Saint-Germain defender would relish the opportunity.
"I'm always so happy and pleased to be selected," he said. "Training is going very well. There's a good atmosphere. I ask many questions of myself and I try to give my maximum."
On the return of Abidal just two-and-a-half months after undergoing surgery on a liver tumour, Sakho said: "He's happy to be here, kind, always smiling. Abidal has remained the same."
Also tomorrow, second-bottom Romania will look to reignite their hopes of qualification by beating fourth-placed Bosnia-Herzegovina in Bucharest, with the runners-up spot in the group a possibility for the victors.