The French squad is stacked with quality gamers, so they are predicted to get a extensive way in Russia.
2018 Environment Cup Information: Team C: FRANCE
France skilled by topping European Team A, but Sweden pushed them all the way to the final round of matches. Didier Deschamps’ staff wanted a earn in their final recreation against Belarus to be guaranteed of likely to Russia and shipped a 2-1 victory at Stade de France.
Critical Times in Qualifying
Recollections of a laborious – draw with Belarus are banished by an remarkable 4-1 property earn above Bulgaria – inspite of slipping guiding to a sixth-moment penalty.
Dealing with Sweden in Solna, keeper Hugo Lloris commits a howler in included time, messing up a clearance that makes it possible for Ola Toivonen to rating from the midway line as France lose 2-1.
Thomas Lemar scores two times in a 4- earn above Holland. Kylian Mbappe scores his 1st international intention and Deschamps’ staff go leading of the team as Sweden lose 3-2 in Bulgaria.
Initial-half objectives from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud wrap up qualification with a 2-1 victory at property to Belarus.
Didier Deschamps, age 49 (15.10.68)
The former France captain gained the 1998 Environment Cup and Euro 2000 as a participant prior to having above as the country’s coach in 2012. Known for his no-nonsense style, his mistrust of the push and an ability to make difficult decisions, he signed a deal extension in October that will preserve him in cost until finally 2020.
Antoine Griezmann is a single of the most coveted attackers in the recreation. Teenager striker Kylian Mbappe is remaining hailed as a single of the world’s most enjoyable abilities.
Goalkeeper and countrywide staff skipper Hugo Lloris is quick closing in on a century of appearances. Rafael Varane brings serene and authority to the centre of defence, while Blaise Matuidi stays a Deschamps favourite in midfield.
Karim Benzema is technically accessible for selection right after his alleged involvement in a sex-tape scandal in 2015, but the striker has not been picked for additional than two decades. Remaining-back Benjamin Mendy has been out hurt due to the fact September.
Mbappe and Mendy both made their debuts in a 3-1 earn in Luxembourg.
The Unanswered Questions
Will Didier Deschamps stick to his favored 4-3-3 system?
Having dabbled with 4-4-2, will he be daring and versatile plenty of to make use of other units? With the defensive talent at his disposal, a few at the back isn’t unimaginable.
Can N’Golo Kante create himself as a environment star?
Acknowledged as the Premier League’s very best midfielder final season, the Chelsea participant now requirements to make his mark at international amount.
Will this be the Environment Cup that establishes Paul Pogba?
The midfielder has all the attributes to turn into a environment star, but he’s not there nevertheless. Russia could be the stage on which that all changes.
Will there be any surprise options?
France have so much talent it is frightening. Defender Aymeric Laporte, midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Wylan Cyprien, and striker Moussa Dembele are between those pushing
for a area.
Is today’s France superior than the staff that made it to the Final of Euro 2016?
Pretty maybe, as they have additional athletic full-backs to simply call on and some audacious children emerging up front. Deschamps has tons of talent at his disposal but requirements to make the staff gel sufficiently to go all the way.
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