Half a year before the World Cup 2018. France – 1xSport
Half a year before the World Cup 2018. France

Half a year before the World Cup 2018. France

How France was selected

The French team had the hardest group in the qualifying round of the 2018 World Cup. This will be readily confirmed by the Dutch, who did not even get into the play-offs, and the Italians, who were beaten at the junctions of the Swedish national team. Team Didier Deschamps secured first place only in the final round after a home victory over Belarus. However, in general, the “tri-color” was convincingly qualified. Suffered only one defeat – in Sweden with a score of 1: 2. Two more tied, with rivals, which, it would seem, should be smashed. France surprised with zeros in Minsk and at home with Luxembourg. These results prove that in modern football one can not underestimate anyone. Even if you are the finalists of the last European Championship. When Deschamps was asked to comment on Luxembourg with 0-0, he just threw up his hands: “This is football.”

In the 10 rounds of the qualifying round the head coach of France used 30 players. Quite a lot. Some veterans slowly came off the stage, and talented young people were increasingly knocking at the door of the base. Deschamps tried some combination, looking for the best options. Nevertheless, questions on two or three positions remain. There is something to break your head on the eve of the World Cup 2018.

Current membership

In “tricolor” is typed just crazy composition, which collected a group of incredibly gifted players. But it will be impossible to find a place at the base of all at once. Some young stars played very little in the qualifying round, and at the World Cup 2018 their status in the national team should change. For example, the striker of “PSG” Kilian Mbappa only twice came out in the base and spent on the field only 213 minutes. In his active goal in the net of the Netherlands. The summer beginner of “Barcelona” Usman Dembele took part only in two qualifying matches. What should Deschamps do if, after the New Year, Dembele, having healed the trauma, starts enchanting in the Catalan team? Nabil Fekir is spending a great season in Lyon. But there is still Anthony Marcial from Manchester United, Kingsley Coman from Bayern and Tom Lemar from Monaco. Not to mention the more experienced players of the attack group – Antoine Grismann, Alexandra Lacazette, Olivier Giroux, Dimitri Payete. It’s time to invent a new tactical scheme “1 goalkeeper plus 10 attackers.”

However, there are people to choose from in other lines. Two positions in the center of defense claim Laurent Koselni, Rafael Varan and Samuel Yumiti. The situation with the left defender depends on the form of Benjamin Mendy. The most expensive defender of world football is not yet in favor of “Manchester City” because of a trauma of cruciate ligaments.


Leaders of the French national team along with Grismann and captain of the team goalkeeper, “Tottenham Hugo Lloris can be called midfielders. In this line, everything is clear: in the center of the field the trio N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Blaise Matyudi (Juventus) – Paul Pogba (Manchester United) is leading. From their actions depends on how effectively the bright attack of “three-color” will manage to realize itself.

Of course, the role of the coach for the French is higher than that of some other strong teams. Deschamps wants to show that he is the leader, sometimes he goes to unpopular personnel decisions. The loudest story, of course, is connected with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who stayed out of the national team after the sensational Valbuena deal in 2015.

Stars behind the board

In France, many pressed on Deschamps, demanding the return to the composition of the “three-color” Benzema. However, the head coach is unshakable. It is clear that the striker of “Real” has almost lost the hope to take part in the 2018 World Cup: “Of course, I want to be on the team. I missed the Euro-2016 in France, when I gave a great season. I have no problems with Deshame, but I know that while he’s there, they will not call me. I still believe that I will play at the World Championships. This is the dream of every player. It’s only been two and a half years now that I do not receive invitations to the national team. Do not be stupid, “says Benzema.

In addition to Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena himself is absent from the national team and moved to Fenerbahce in the summer. There is already in the French national team performing at the home European Championships Patrice Evra and Bakary Sanya.

Plans for the World Cup

In the history of the French national team there is only one victory at the world championships – in 1998. Then its captain was just the current head coach Deshames. Now at the disposal of Didier such a composition that it is quite possible to qualify for the second gold. At least, the big sensation success of “three-color” will not. At home Euro-2016 they beat the German national team in the semi-final even in the semi-final, so the French at the World Cup in Russia are unlikely to be considered weaker than anyone.

In the group stage of the national team of France went to Australia, Peru and Denmark. Then in the 1/8 finals there is a risk to please Argentina. “Of course, everything could be much worse. We have experience playing with Denmark, and with Australia we met in a friendly match. In the course of the tournament must add. I understand that the group with the national team of Argentina can cause concern, but such rivals can not be avoided forever. We need to move step by step, “says Deschamps, who, by the way, has not yet extended the contract expiring in the summer with the national team.

The French national team will start the match with Australia on June 16 in Kazan. In five days, the team of Deschamps will play with Peru in Yekaterinburg. The game of the third round of Denmark-France will be held June 26 in Moscow. These are the first steps of the “three-color” in Russia.

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