Despite their struggles to score goals and the fact that they are sitting second in World Cup 2014’s Group I of qualification, France will still be among the favourites for the title should they reach the tournament in Brazil.
Les Bleus trail World and European champions Spain in Group I by a single point, a position they arguably would have accepted at the start of qualifying. But that does not detract from the overall quality at Didier Deschamps’ disposal at present.
La Furia Roja are of course gunning for a second consecutive World Cup win and an unprecedented fourth straight international trophy.
Although French football might not appear to be in the best of health according to Ligue 1’s representation in Europe, with the exceptions of Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille, the country is still producing plenty of talent.
With Euro 2016 on home soil looming on the horizon, the pressure is on Deschamps to deliver a good performance in South America to demonstrate that France are on course for their own tournament two years later.
Here are five reasons why we can expect them to be contenders in Brazil, assuming they make it.