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France to Dominate International Football? Here’s why we think so..

France won the 2018  Football World Cup comfortably in Russia. A 4-2 victory over Croatia ensured their crowning as champions of the world. They were undoubtedly the most talented team in Russia at the time but can they maintain this status and do it again? There’s plenty of reasons why they can be expected.

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France ‘s starting lineup boasts one of the most talented and star-studded squads in world football. Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris has long since established himself as one of the world’s best in his position. Real Madrid superstar Raphael Varane and RB Leipzig wonderkid Dayot Upamecano form the backbone of the team at central defense. The incredible squad depth also has Clement Lenglet, Aymeric Laporte, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez, and Ibrahima Konate as back up Center Back options. At wing-back, Benjamin Pavard has made the right-back position his own. At left-back Deschamps has a selection headache between Ferland Mendy, Benjamin Mendy, and Lucas Digne. That wraps up France’s defensive options.

Moving on to the heart, brains, and engine of the team – the midfield. Deschamps prefers three midfielders. N’golo Kante is one of the first names on the team sheet. His performances for France over the years have been consistent and world-class. His partner at the base of midfield, Paul Pogba also picks himself on grounds of both his quality and performances. At the tip of this midfield plays one of France’s most successful players in recent times. Antoine Griezmann has made that position his own. He was sensational at the world cup and has always delivered for France.

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While these three have cemented their place in the starting line up, there are plenty of other experienced and upcoming stars knocking on the door. Eduardo Camavinga has impressed with eye-catching performances in his first few games for France. Moussa Sissoko has always been an engine in midfield and Ndombele, Thauvin and Tolisso offer rotational options too.

The brain and the brawn of France’s midfield would count for little if they did not have an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons in their attack. Olivier Giroud has always been a personal favourite of Deschamps’ and he has been vital to his country’s success. Giroud has always been one of France’s most underappreciated assets. People often claim he does not score enough goals. Surprisingly however he silenced critics when he scored his 41st goal for his country a few nights ago to become the second-highest goalscorer in France’s history. He is now only behind football legend Thierry Henry and is likely to break that record in the future. But more than goals  Giroud has been brilliant in linking up play. His hold up play is also sensational. He drops deep and pulls defenders out of position allowing France’s pacey wingers to get in behind.

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France’s shining star in football is their young ninja turtle – Kylian Mbappe. He is one of the fastest most skillful young players on the global circuit. Ever since his sensational champions league debut season for Monaco, Mbappe has taken the world by storm. He won the Best Young Player award at the world cup after becoming the youngest player to score in a World Cup final at just 19 years. He is France’s most promising player and is already a global superstar at just 22 years. Blaise Matuidi completes the trio. With him aging it’s time for players like Anthony Martial and Ben Yedder to step up and make that spot their own. It is a big ask but their talent justifies the demands.

The reason France is best placed to continue its dominant run in football is that it has the most well-balanced and talented squad in the world. Aging players are backed up by young talents looking to take their place. There is a perfect combination of experienced global superstars and aspiring young talents. This squad is perfectly placed to win big things and the next few years could be defining in French football history. The upcoming Euros will be the next test followed by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Will this new Golden Generation make history or will they go down as a team that underachieved? The next 10 years will tell.

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