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France - World Cup Preview




History in the World Cup


France have been World Cup regulars for much of history. They have made 14 previous appearances at World Cups. winning it at home in 1998 and were losing finalists in Germany '06. That Zidane inspired team, also collected a European Championship in between those tournaments. Their recent history has been shrouded in controversy, with a player revolt during the 2010 edition and fractured squad and blackmailing controversies plaguing them ever since.


Current Form


France have never won more games in a qualifying campaign. Their form in the last two years has been great - 7 wins in 11 games. There are points for concern as they have drawn against Luxembourg and Germany and lost to Sweden and Colombia in that time frame - not very impressive results. Didier Deschamps claims that he has completely tested his squad in every respect and is confident in his 23, even though, there are a few big names missing.


Squad


Manager: Dider Deschamps


Goalkeeprs: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola


Defenders: Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Pavard, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe, Adil Rami, Lucas Hernandez


Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi


Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir


Danger Man


Stats and visualization by Ashwin Raman (@thefutebolist on Twitter)

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Current Rankings


FIFA : Current - 7

Highest - 1

ELO : Current - 5

Highest - 1

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