One of the best goalkeepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. A solid defensive partnership of Eric Abidal and Laurent Koscielny, the talented Mathieu Debuchy and the consistent Patrice Evra in the full back positions
A midfield with a resurgent Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba, arguably the hottest young midfielder in world football who recently ran the show for Juventus against Real Madrid, an attack oozing class consisting of the likes of Frank Ribery, arguably the best player of 2013, along with Loic Remy, Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud.
The list goes on and on. Yet Les Blues find themselves in the unenviable position of potentially failing to make the World Cup. A 2-0 defeat in Kiev against a young and admittedly talented Ukrainian side has left the French with a mountain to climb.
They are in danger of failing to qualify for the greatest show on earth for the first time in two decades because of an inexplicably inept performance against a Ukrainian side, which was not able to string two passes together when they faced England in the qualifiers in a tedious, unendurable 0-0 draw. And that England side was not the greatest.
So, how could the France national football team, with the truckload of aforementioned talent that they have, just forget to turn up in such a vital match? It was not their fault that they ended up in a group with Spain but some tough questions will be asked if they fail to get through this two-legged play-off.
French football was supposed to be on the path to redemption after the Raymond Domenech debacle at the 2010 World Cup. They would be undoing all the great work if they fail this time
It could mean the end of some senior careers as the likes of Evra, Abidal and a few others may not play for the country again. Tuesday, 19th November is D-day for the French.
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