France: World Cup 2018 Team Profile

France World Cup 2018 Team Profile

France will be making her 15th world cup appearance which include 6th consecutive appearance since missing the 1990 and 1994 edition in Italy and USA.

The Blues possess one of the best teams in the international football, a point that was evident in their result during the qualifiers stage of the competition. France went 9 games unbeaten in 10 qualification games, averaging 1.8 goals in each, and qualifying ahead of Sweden and Netherland.

However, the new golden generation of the French national team suffered a loss in the 2016 edition of Euro 2016 finals hosted by them and will look to surpass the class of 1998 who handed the European nation their first world cup glory.

France have been involved in numerous pre-world friendly and are coming on good form to kick start their World cup campaign against Australia. With many household names in the current squad, winning the country their second world cup isn’t an impossible task.

Key Players

The French national team is garnished with so many talents that gathering a 23-man list will be a headache to any world top coach. The team is a blend of leadership, strength, pace, techniques and skills; and have got players like Hugo Lloris, Ngolo Kante, Kylain Mbappe, Paul Pogba fitting perfectly well into this football attributes.

Antoine Griezmann was the team top scorer in the qualification phase of the tournament and was also crucial in the side Euro 2016 run, scoring 4 goals in the competition. Moreover, Griezmann also helped Atletico Madrid to a Europa league win in the just concluded 2017/2018 season.

Ngolo Kante who plays for Chelsea will be les blues tackling room. The tenacious midfielder is known for his energetic play seasoned with timely run and tackles.

Despite a zigzag performance in the just concluded season, Paul Pogba will play a crucial part of creativity in the middle of the park for Didier Deschamps.

Kylian Mbappe who ply his trade with PSG will be a good option from the flanks. The young forward pace and precise cross will be vitals in getting goals in the world cup.

Hugo Lloris happened to be one of the must experience player in the squad, as he is closing in on 100 international games appearance. The Tottenham hotspurs shot stopper made a total of 86 saves in the just concluded 2017/2018 Premier league season, and will sure be bringing this save hand to the national team.

The History of France at the World Cup

  • Overall Appearances: 15.
  • Best: Champions in 1998. Third Place in 1958 and 1986.
  • Last time at Brazil 2014: Knocked out of quarterfinals by Germany.

The Final Verdict

Didier Deschamps have enough talent in his ranks to match his class of 1998 World Cup winning team. They are given a favourable group stage draw and it is upto them to qualify as group winners to get an easier path until the semifinals, and this is where I expect the least to see them this time.

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