Assessing France Squad Ahead of Brazil World Cup

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Assessing France Squad Ahead of Brazil World Cup
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France’s euphoric victory over Ukraine secured Les Bleus’ spot at the World Cup next summer; however, following some inadequate performances during the qualification programme, there are many questions to resolve before the finals.

This editorial aims at picking through some of those unresolved issues and imbalances, outlining, in the process, the key selection dilemmas that will need to be answered by Didier Deschamps over the coming months.

The manager has a broad talent pool to choose from; he has called up just under 50 players since Euro 2012—a number that doesn’t include internationals such as Hatem Ben Arfa, Younes Kaboul and Jeremy Toulalan, all playing at major clubs, nor talented youngsters such as Adrien Rabiot, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lucas Digne—and now has to whittle this number down to 23.

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