The France World cup squad will be looking to replicate their 2016 Euro’s form when they get down to business in World Cup 2018. At the Euro 2016 tournament, France national time put in a much spirited fight that culminated in them emerging the tournaments runners up losing to the Euro Champions-Portugal. Their country’s head coach has named a 23 man France World Cup squad 2018. A team of men in whom the hope of the country is vested.
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France national team has not had what can be termed as a smooth run into the World Cup 2018. The France football team had to toil until the last minute, winning narrowly against Belarus 2-1. The team topped group A but Sweden put pressure on them through until the final matches. Les blues however, boast of tremendous abilities as they get into this tournament and their hopes are buoyed by their outstanding performance in the Euro 2016. Arguably, there’s no country in the world that can match the sheer strength in depth of the France football team, yet as though being barred by unknown ghost, historically they are a country that has really struggled to extract the maximum from their national squad often composed of quality and talented players. That said Didier Deschamps must have had a tough time coming up with the France world cup squad. The country has numerous talented players playing international soccer across the globe. I guess having the task of selecting the brim among the best is a difficult job for any given coach. Considering that this is a tournament viewed by many in the world, it is every players’ dream to get a chance of showcasing their talent.
France World Cup squad 2018 will be getting into the tournament with the aim of securing the second World Cup silverware in their history. Having won it in 1998 with the then country’s talisman Zinedene Zidane, the World Cup has not been a good tournament for the country since then. The France country has had woe that led to their game and Fifa ranking deteriorate at a snap of a finger. Their controversial qualification in 2010 is still fresh in people’s mind. Thierry Henry’s hand of gold that gifted the France football team a World Cup slot at the expense of their Irish counterpart. As if that wasn’t enough, that bad spirit followed them into South Africa where the tournament was held. They were haunted with indiscipline cases and dismal performance that made them not win the World Cup tournament then. Among the many indiscipline cases one case led their star man Nicholas Anelka sent back home thus weakening their World Cup squad. Ever since, the France football team has not had much weight as far as global soccer is concerned. They have been lagging behind like a tail.
World Cup 2018 provides them a chance to plunge all that in oblivion. However, this comes at a price. Considered the World Cup 2018 favorites, the France Fifa World Cup squad has to put afore a much spirited fight to ensured they emerge the World Cup winners. This to the eyes of many is not a ride in the park. With many talents at his disposal, the country’s Head coach Didier Deschamps’ job now is to bring out the best from the France World Cup 2018 squad he has pieced together for the world cup draw that will see Les Bleus win their group matches and qualifying for the knock-out rounds.
France football national team players
The France World Cup squad 2018, like the rest of other participating nations has had a name making surprise inclusions and omissions.
The France squad for World Cup. Have a look below.
- Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Totten ham hotspurs), Steve Mandanda (Olympic Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint Germain)
- Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgard), Adil Rami (Olympic Marseille), Raphael Varane (Paris Saint Germain), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris SaintGermain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid).
- Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea FC), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla).
- Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Olympic Mayseille), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Olympic Lyon)
- The team will be let by Didier Deschamps-Head coach.
France Coach: Didier Deschamps
France as a country has the most talented squad in the world and their national team coach Didier Deschamps, like other national coaches all over, has been doing a very outstanding job to get the best out of the incredible talent he has at his disposal. The coach took over as the national team coach role back in July 2012 and ever since France football team has been improving gradually. The coach guided the team to the final of Euro 2016 losing against Portugal by a goal. Didier Deschamps has an attacking mind and although the France football team is full of players reaching their peak, they still do not control game compared to the likes of Germany and Brazil. However, France teams are deadly on the counter and thats how the coach is likely to lineup with pacy wingers in 4-3-3 formation.
France World Cup squad 2018 Possible Starting Lineup:
Antoine Griezmann will without doubt be the star striker upfront. He finished as the top goal scorer in Euro 2016. He has hit his best form just at the right time going into the 2018 World Cup. Upfront, he will be supported by Kylian Mbappé and Thomas Lemar in a three man attack.
Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante are set to make a start in midfield roles.
Concerning the defence, Samuel Omtiti is the likely man to start alongside Raphael Varane in central defence after Laurent Koscienly was omitted due to injury.
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Benjamin Mendy would have been first choice but considering he has been out for long due to injury problems we will expect Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez to start as the left back with Djibril Sidibe to start as the right back.
Hugo Lloris will captain the France World Cup 2018 squad, and perhaps this being his last because of his age, he will put his best foot forward to win the silverware for his country in this year’s Fifa World Cup.
Youngsters to watchout for: Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembele
The France World Cup Squad 2018 is a very young one. More emphasis to be placed on the above two. Mbappe completed his permanent deal to PSG. He will board the plane for Russia 2018 together with fellow countrymen and he will be a key player for France with his pace and trickery moves. Ousmane Dembele is yet another one who might not start every game but when certainly called upon will take his chances. This two both have made it into the France Fifa World Cup squad.
France World Cup 2018 fixtures:
France World Cup group is C. The world cup group has the following teams; Australia, Denmark and Peru. France play their first match of the World Cup against Australia on 16th June. On 26th June, the team of France will play their final match of the group stage.
France world cup group C matches
- France vs Australia – 16 June 2018
- France vs Peru – 21 June 2018
- Denmark vs France – 26 June 2018