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Team profile - France

Team profile - France

Didier Deschamps' well-fancied world champs will be confident of lifting the trophy for a third time - though their first challenge will be making sure they qualify from a tricky group.

Les Bleus, who are 9/2 to win Euro 2020 outright, have been drawn in Group E alongside heavyweights Germany, defending champions Portugal and Hungary.

Coach: Didier Deschamps
Number of European Championship Appearances: 9
Best European Championship Performance: Won, 1984 & 2000
Number of European Championship Titles: 2
Qualifying form: Winner of Group H with eight wins and one defeat from ten matches
Major Trophies: 4
Most Capped (current) Player: Hugo Lloris (125)
Key Player at Euro 2020: Kylian Mbappe

Lead-up to the Tournament:

A 2-0 loss in Turkey early in qualifying was soon forgotten as France won six of their last seven – drawing the other – to qualify as Group H winners.

They then turned their attention to the Nations League, taking 16 points out of a possible 18 to qualify for this coming October's finals.

The defence of their world title started in March with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Ukraine, though they quickly righted those wrongs with back-to-back away wins in Kazakhstan and Bosnia.

Their two pre-finals friendlies produced comprehensive 3-0 wins against Wales and Bulgaria to suggest that all seems well in the French camp.

The squad:

It's an all-star cast with world-class players in key areas, notably PSG starlet Kylian Mbappe as a key cog in their fearsome attacking front three, but also Ngolo Kante, surely one of the most influential midfielders in the game.

There is bags of experience all over the park from veteran keeper Hugo Lloris to either Olivier Giroud or Karim Benzema at the tip of the attack. Benzema's recall six years after going into exile is the most eye-catching selection and it remains to be seen what that does for team harmony.

It's anyone's guess which side of Paul Pogba we see while four straight clean sheets going into the finals suggests all is well in a defence anchored by Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.


15th June – Germany, Allianz Arena, Munich

19th June – Hungary, Puskas Arena, Budapest

23rd June – Portugal, Puskas Arena, Budapest

France's 26-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (Losc), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach)

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