France on course for strong World Cup despite key absentees

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After a horrible performance in the 2010 World Cup under Raymond Domenech France have a chance to prove to the world that they are still one of the best footballing nations in the world this summer.

France face Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland in the group stages and without any doubt one would expect them to top the group considering the strength of their squad, providing the perfect platform to make the South Africa shambles a distant memory.

There is no doubt that France has a lot of talent in their squad and are considerably one of the strongest teams on paper going into this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, despite the absence of talisman Franck Ribery through injury.

Didier Deschamps is the man charged with getting the best of a squad rich in talent and has not been afraid to give new players a chance.

Paul Pogba, Antione Griezmann, Raphael Varane, Yohan Cabaye, Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema are some of the key talents discovered in the last four years for France.

With Ribery out of the World Cup thanks to a back injury the likes of Griezmann, Mathieu Valbuena and Remy Cabella will have to be at their best this summer to justify their selection.

Another player France will miss this summer is Samir Nasri. The attacking midfielder was left out by Deschamps because of past improper conduct, despite a superb season with Manchester City.

Deschamps has made a huge decision in leaving Nasri out, and this could come and haunt him once the World Cup starts.

Even though Deschamps left out Nasri and Ribery’s injury, France, still have a strong enough squad to have a successful World Cup this summer. France, have a lot of fire power in their arsenal, and it would be a surprise if they did not make the quarter-finals on the World Cup.

France is going into the World Cup having lost just one match in the qualifying stage. They also drew just one out of four pre-World Cup friendlies, winning the rest.

Les Bleus will not want a repeat of the 2010 World Cup and judging on form and talent cannot be overlooked.

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