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How France Could Line Up At The World Cup

How France Could Line Up At The World Cup

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 12, 2018 12:29 PM @KurtLaduma

Didier Deschamps snubbed some massive names for his 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, which shows the strength in depth of his team. The manager's next big decision will be how he lines his players up. Is this France's strongest starting XI?

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see how France could line up at the 2018 World Cup, in a 4-3-3 formation.

Les Bleus took on Italy and USA over the past two weeks in preparation for the tournament in Russia, and Deschamps experimented with different combinations.

Captain Hugo Loris is, without a doubt, set to start in goal for France at the World Cup, although he has been error-prone in recent matches. So much so that Deschamps was forced to leap to his defence in a recent interview, following the shot-stopper's shaky displays in the team's past two games.

Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe is likely to start for his country, while the centre-back pairing looks set to consist of Real Madrid's Raphael Varane and FC Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti, while Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy is the favourite to get the nod at left-back.

Despite a difficult season with Manchester United, Paul Pogba is likely to keep his place in France's midfield. The 25-year-old was the best young player at the 2014 World Cup, and will be hoping to have a similar impact this time out.

Chelsea's tireless midfielder N'Golo Kante is almost a certainty to start for his nation, while the experienced Blaise Matuidi will probably complete the trio.

Up front, Deschamps could go with Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud, who has proved a prolific striker for France, as his No. 9. The 31-year-old has scored 31 goals in 74 matches for Les Bleus since his debut in 2011, and has appeared at two major tournaments for his country already.

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On either side of Giroud is likely to be Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann. The latter has been tipped by many to be among the tournament's top scorers, while the former has been a regular under Deschamps of late.

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