The 5 Uncapped Ligue 1 Players Who Can Make the World Cup Squad
France's qualification for the 2014 World Cup is still very much up in the air.
Les Bleus sit one point behind world and European champions Spain following their defeat at the Stade de France in March.
Didier Deschamps, who took over as national team coach after Laurent Blanc left the post following an unsuccessful Euro 2012 campaign, does not appear to have decided on his ideal starting XI.
Deschamps' failure to select a settled side has left the door open for a number of uncapped players to make the plane to Brazil should France progress.
Bleacher Report looks at the five uncapped Ligue 1 players who can make the World Cup squad.
Since scoring his memorable injury time against Rennes in September, Ali Ahamada has struggled to produce the kind of form that had seen him become one of the most highly rated goalkeepers in the division.
Still, there can be no doubting that Ahamada, 22, has the ability to earn a place in the national team.
Early performances this season have been strong, Toulouse—operating a new 3-5-2 system under manager Alain Casanova—struggled in their opening game against Valenciennes, losing 3-0, but have since produced stellar defensive displays in draws against Bordeaux and Monaco.
If Toulouse are to be successful, then Ahamada's agility, awareness and shot-stopping ability will be crucial.
Should Ahamada have a successful season with the Garonne club, then he could be chosen ahead of the likes of Mickael Landreau and Stephane Ruffier and head to the World Cup as France's third-choice 'keeper behind Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda.
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A member of France's Under-20 World Cup-winning squad, Samuel Umtiti is a defender with a lot of promise.
The 2012-13 season proved to be a breakthrough year for Lyon man, with his goal against Tottenham in the Europa League one of the highlights in a season that ultimately ended in disappointment as Les Gones' title challenge fizzled out.
However, the 19-year-old has yet to make a league appearance for Lyon this season, with manager Remi Garde seemingly preferring Bakari Kone and Milan Bisevac as his center-back pairing.
Still, Lyon have not performed well in recent weeks, losing to both Reims and Evian, and that could force Garde into a rethink during the international break.
Umtiti is a versatile player who can operate at left-back in addition to his role in the center of defense. If he can nail down a regular place in the Lyon starting XI, then a place in France's World Cup squad may not be such a far-fetched ambition.
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France do not lack creative midfielders, but there can be no doubt that Remy Cabella possesses the ability to give teams an added dimension going forward.
A regular for France's Under-21 side, Cabella has gradually improved for 2011-12 Ligue 1 champions Montpellier and now has the chance to shine after Younes Belhanda left the club.
Cabella has already netted against Paris Saint-Germain on the opening day of this season, with his pace and agility regularly causing Laurent Blanc's men problems.
The likes of Samir Nasri, Mathieu Valbuena and Dimitri Payet are all likely to be competing for a spot on the plane to Brazil, and therefore it may take a spectacular season for Cabella to have any chance of making the World Cup squad.
Yet with his vision, acceleration and trickery, Cabella has all the tools to make a success of himself at international level.
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Florian Thauvin's transfer saga has been one of the stories of the summer in France.
The 20-year-old was another member of the Under-20 World Cup-winning squad but, like Cabella, he will need to be extremely consistent if he is to stake a claim for a place in Les Bleus roster for the World Cup.
Thauvin proved to be a revelation with Bastia last term, scoring 10 goals, but he will need to better that tally to break into France's senior squad.
The lack of playing time will not have helped his chances, but, no matter where he ends up, Thauvin has the potential to stake a late claim for a national team berth in time for football's biggest showpiece.
At 30 years of age, many may feel that Jeremie Aliadiere has missed his chance to fulfill his undoubted early potential.
Aliadiere scored 18 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions in 2012-13 and has already scored in his sole appearance for the club this season.
Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac will all be expected to be in the running for a spot in the World Cup squad, but if Deschamps is looking for something a little different, Aliadiere could be his man.