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World Cup predictions: France starting XI

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Although France have qualified for the 2014 World Cup through additional clashes in a 3-2 win on aggregate against Ukraine, they are still considered to be one of the favourites for the competition in Brazil.

A new set of youngsters which made a name for themselves have also took part in the recent games of their national team. These are the players that should start World Cup matches this summer. 

Goalkeeper | Hugo Lloris

The leader of men hasn't had an impressive season at Tottenham conceding 47 goals in 33 Premier League matches. Despite his lack of form, he stayed put at the club but could leave White Hart Lane in the summer. 

Steve Mandanda had a better season at Olympique Marseille, but will probably be used for the World Cup only as a substitute for this first team goalkeeper. 

Left-back | Patrice Evra

United's 32-year-old still has something to offer at this cup. He has always presented trouble for the attacking opposition, and for the defence recently - scoring a goal versus Champions League winners Bayern Munich.

The defender is soon-to-be replaced with ex-Lille player Lucas Digne, which has the potential to earn a first-team spot at his new club PSG.

Deschamps should be favouring Evra because of the experience, at least for this tournament, as that could be his last international path.

Centre-back | Raphael Varane

The most talented defender inside the squad should already be listed for the first eleven. Jose Mourinho has often used him in crucial matches while the Portuguese was still the head coach at Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti's arrival was a result of lack of minutes for the Frenchman, but hopefully it will not make an influence on his reputation in the national team.

He made only five senior caps until now, but there will be plenty more of those if Varane fulfils his potential.

Centre-back | Laurent Koscielny

One of the best players at Arsenal has proven his quality starting almost every match for the team from the Emirates. Injury to Thomas Vermaelen led Koscielny to form a great partnership with Per Mertesacker.

Mamadou Sakho, Adil Rami and Eliaquim Mangala are also fighting for the centre-back spot. Obviously, all of them could still be in the race for the place, but they will not be granted a great amount of minutes if they don't continue shining at their respective clubs. 

Right-back | Mathieu Debuchy

One of the three Newcastle's players performing for France is this 28-year-old defender. He was included in the last national friendly where they had faced the Netherlands. The Magpies are lucky to have him, due to this season's four assists and a goal provided in 25 matches. 

As Bacary Sagna is getting older, the manager gave advantage to Debuchy to prove himself in the pre-cup frendlies. His price could grow if he leaves a good mark in those crucial matches played in June.

Central-midfield | Paul Pogba

This player is already considered to be one of the world's best players, despite being only 21 years of age. Performing alongside Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal in Serie A made him develop and can still build up his game and abilities.

Manchester United have made an error of the decade when they'd decided to let him go to Juventus. There isn't many players which could match him in France and there's no way he'll be starting from the bench.

Central-midfield | Yohan Cabaye

As a result of great matches played at St James' Park earlier in the season, Newcastle have sold the player to PSG and made a profit of 22 million euros, previously purchasing him from Lille for a bargain 4 million. 

In this Premier's League season, he made his mark because of scoring seven goals in 19 matches. Since the move to Park des Princes, Cabaye hasn't yet scored a goal in 11 Ligue 1 matches. Nevertheless, Paris are convincingly in front with 10 points more than AS Monaco.

Being one of the most expensive player at the team, Deschamps should give him a start from the first minute to secure more victories at Brazil.

Attacking-midfield | Mathieu Valbuena

Both of the attacking midfielders featured in the squad play in the French league - Valbuena at Marseille and Clement Grenier at Lyon. Unfortunately for Grenier, he is still fighting with his injury suffered at the beginning of March. That is why Valbuena doesn't have a real opponent for that position.

The 29-year-old played for only two clubs in his whole career - Libourne and his current team Marseille, both from France. He has gathered 30 national caps since 2010. Raymond Domenech also included him for the 2010 World Cup.

Left-wing | Franck Ribery

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ribery have been selected as the top three nominees for 2013 Ballon d'Or. Although Bayern Munich's player ended up in 3rd place, it was a great honour for him even to get nominated. 

This 31-year-old is a part of the Bavarian team since 2007, and as it turned out, it was a great transfer. In more than 150 matches, Ribery scored over 60 goals and is considered to be a top player at the club.

Just a month before the start of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the winger made a debut against Mexico. He has been capped 80 times, scoring a total of 16 goals. On several occasions, world-known magazines have shortlisted him for the list of the top 100 world's best footballers.

Right-wing | Antoine Griezmann

Although this player is a left winger at Real Socided, he could easily play on the opposite wing. On 5 March 2014 he was capped by France for the first time. Griezmann made a name for himself after scoring a screamer against Olympique Lyonnais and ensuring the CL group stage for the Spanish club.

He signed his first professional contract in 2009, being this the only club he had played for. As well as Ribery, he took part in more than 150 club games and scored approximately 50 goals.

Striker | Karim Benzema

Despite having Loic Remy and Olivier Giroud, this forward should remain the first pick in attack. He was a part of both Lyon reserves and the senior team until 2009, when Real Madrid made a 35 million euros offer. 

The footballer of Algerian descent scored more than 100 goals for the Spanish club and after the departure of Gonzalo Higuain, he starts almost every game in the white jersey.

He was a part of France's squad in European Championships 2008 and 2012, but hasn't yet participated at the World Cup.

Do you agree with my list? Which players would you include in this team? Have your say in the comment section below. 

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