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With Deschamps sure of his goalkeeper selections ahead of the World Cup, his defensive unit is taking shape, too, with a back four almost complete thanks to the qualifying play-offs against Ukraine and Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands.
Barring injury or a loss in form, les Bleus will be taking the following players to South America:
Real Madrid's Raphael Varane has enjoyed a meteoric rise since joining the Spanish giants from Ligue 2 side RC Lens back in 2011. Having only made his debut for the senior French side last year, that he is already arguably Deschamps’ first-choice central defender reflects that rapid ascent.
Assuming that both maintain their current form, Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny will be partnering Varane in France's opening match against Honduras in Porto Alegre on June 15. That is after the 28-year-old's ban for his red card in the first leg of their clash with Ukraine was overturned by FIFA.
Having ridden the waves created by his tirade directed towards certain members of the French football media, Manchester United's Patrice Evra remains key for les Bleus. Despite his widespread unpopularity with the French public, the 33-year-old left-back’s influence will be invaluable in Brazil.
On the opposite side of the back four, Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy looks to have nailed down the starting role ahead of Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna. The marauding full-back offers plenty going forward, even if he leaves a bit to be desired defensively. Deschamps will take him this summer.
Despite only recently recovering from injury, Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho was the two-goal hero for France against Ukraine in their vital 3-0 play-off victory last November and was selected against the Dutch. Despite not featuring on Wednesday, his inclusion reflects his importance to the group.
Although he is now firmly second fiddle to Debuchy, Arsenal's Bacary Sagna is the undisputed backup and will surely go to Brazil. With few credible alternative options ahead of this summer, Euro 2016 will potentially be the time for any new right-backs to state their case.
FC Porto's Eliaquim Mangala started the Netherlands' clash alongside Varane thanks to a slight knock to Koscielny. The physically imposing central defender was composed alongside the Real Madrid youngster and offers great potential. He has a good chance of going to the World Cup.
With no obvious alternative to Evra at left-back, AS Monaco's Eric Abidal might still get the nod this summer, despite a loss of form at club level. The 34-year-old’s influence and ability to play in the middle and on the left makes him a valuable squad player.
Selection Status: 70 per cent complete.