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France should progress through an easy World Cup group

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Squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Stephane Ruffier (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia).

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Lucas Digne (Paris St-Germain) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna (both Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi (both Paris St-Germain), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Remy Cabella (Montpellier).Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newastle, on loan from QPR).

Fixtures

15 June v Honduras (Porto Alegre)

20 June v Switzerland (Salvador)

25th June v Ecuador (Rio de Janeiro)

Strengths

The French have a young, physical team that can easily unsettle a technically superior side. They have an abundance of world-class talent within the squad that can beat anyone on their day.

The midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye form a strong platform to absorb pressure and break with pace and power. France have a lot of creativity up front too, with Karim Benzema, Loic Remy, Olivier Giroud, and Antoine Griezmann in their ranks.

Weaknesses

In recent tournaments, French teams have yo-yoed between winners/runners-up to complete failures. Squad harmony will be imperative for a successful tournament. Didier Deschamps may have to reshuffle his usual defensive line of Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakou, Patrice Evra and Mathieu Debuchy, who are short of game time and form.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna deserve a starting berth after impressive seasons.

Key Player

Paul Pogba. With Ribery set to miss out, there is an opportunity for someone to step up and take the lead. Pogba is more than capable of dictating a game, as he has shown with his lung-busting performances for Juventus. He is strong defensively and his bursts into the box create problems for the opposition defence.

Prediction

France hould easily progress from a relatively easy group. If they avoid Argentina in the last 16, expect them to easily make the quarter-finals at least.

Odds

25/1

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