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2018 World Cup Guide: Group C: France

The French squad is stacked with high quality gamers, so they’re anticipated to get a good distance in Russia.

2018 World Cup Information: Group C: FRANCE

France certified by topping European Group A, however Sweden pushed all of them the way in which to the ultimate spherical of matches. Didier Deschamps’ workforce wanted a win of their final recreation towards Belarus to make certain of going to Russia and delivered a 2-1 victory at Stade de France.

Key Moments in Qualifying 

Oct 2016
Reminiscences of a laborious Zero-Zero draw with Belarus are banished by a formidable Four-1 house win over Bulgaria – regardless of falling behind to a sixth-minute penalty.
Jun 2017
Going through Sweden in Solna, keeper Hugo Lloris commits a howler in added time, messing up a clearance that enables Ola Toivonen to attain from the midway line as France lose 2-1.
Aug 2017
Thomas Lemar scores twice in a Four-Zero win over Holland. Kylian Mbappe scores his first worldwide purpose and Deschamps’ workforce go high of the group as Sweden lose Three-2 in Bulgaria.
Oct 2017
First-half targets from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud wrap up qualification with a 2-1 victory at house to Belarus.

The Coach 

Didier Deschamps, age 49 (15.10.68)
The previous France captain gained the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as a participant earlier than taking up because the nation’s coach in 2012. Recognized for his no-nonsense model, his distrust of the press and a capability to make powerful selections, he signed a contract extension in October that may preserve him in cost till 2020.

Younger Expertise: Deschamps must utilise his stacked French squad in 2018 (Getty Photographs)

The Gamers 
Stars
Antoine Griezmann is likely one of the most coveted attackers within the recreation. Teen striker Kylian Mbappe is being hailed as one of many world’s most enjoyable skills.
Stalwarts
Goalkeeper and nationwide workforce skipper Hugo Lloris is quick closing in on a century of appearances. Rafael Varane brings calm and authority to the centre of defence, whereas Blaise Matuidi stays a Deschamps favorite in midfield.
Lacking
Karim Benzema is technically out there for choice after his alleged involvement in a sex-tape scandal in 2015, however the striker hasn’t been picked for greater than two years. Left-back Benjamin Mendy has been out injured since September.
Debuts
Mbappe and Mendy each made their debuts in a Three-1 win in Luxembourg.

Thrilling: Mbappe si being hailed as one of many world’s most enjoyable skills (Getty Photographs)

The Unanswered Questions

Will Didier Deschamps follow his most well-liked Four-Three-Three system?
Having dabbled with Four-Four-2, will he be daring and versatile sufficient to make use of different techniques? With the defensive expertise at his disposal, three on the again isn’t unimaginable.

Can N’Golo Kante set up himself as a world star?
Acknowledged because the Premier League’s finest midfielder final season, the Chelsea participant now must make his mark at worldwide stage.

Step Up: Can Paul Pogba lastly step up on the world stage (Getty Photographs)

Will this be the World Cup that establishes Paul Pogba?
The midfielder has all of the attributes to develop into a world star, however he’s not there but. Russia may very well be the stage on which that each one adjustments.

Will there be any shock picks?
France have a lot expertise it’s horrifying. Defender Aymeric Laporte, midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Wylan Cyprien, and striker Moussa Dembele are amongst these pushing
for a spot.

Is at present’s France higher than the workforce that made it to the Closing of Euro 2016?
Fairly probably, as they’ve extra athletic full-backs to name on and a few audacious children rising up entrance. Deschamps has tons of expertise at his disposal however must make the workforce gel sufficiently to go all the way in which.

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