World Cup Preview – France

France will be hoping for a drama-free World Cup following the embarrassing events of 2010 in South Africa, when Patrice Evra led the players boycott over manager Raymond Domenech. France finished bottom of their group with just one point. Deschamps will be determined for that not to happen again.

France World Cup squad below

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickaël Landreau (Bastia)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (PSG) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Clément Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loïc Rémy (Newcastle), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)

Manager: Didier Deschamps

A kind draw for France should see them qualify for the second stage with ease, probably along with Switzerland who have become very hard to beat under Ottmar Hitzfeld in recent times. France are not destined to win the trophy and a run to the quarters or semi’s will be seen as successful. They will be building towards the Euros in 2016 on home soil and will see this World Cup as a stepping stone for their younger players. Nasri was not selectedin the French squad as Deschamps sees him as a disruptive influence.

Dominiho7’s prediction.

I’m not expecting fireworks from the French, but any team that includes players like Ribery and Benzema has potential to upset the applecart. A long way from the team that dominated in 1998 and 2000, they should qualify from the group stage with relative ease and after that anything is possible. Mainly looking towards the future, players like Pogba, Grenier, Griezmann and Varane will all turn out to be world class players and will eventually form the spine of the French national side for years to come.

I can see France finishing in and around the semi finals, but they would need some luck along the way. Anything less than the quarter final place will be seen as failure and Deschamps job would certainly be on the line.

Fun fact: Interestingly enough, French Champions PSG only have three players in the French squad, can you name them? Leave you answer in the comments section below.

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