Predicting France's World Cup Squad Following Latest Internationals

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Predicting France's World Cup Squad Following Latest Internationals
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Following France’s encouraging 2-0 win over the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Wednesday, les Bleus' coach Didier Deschamps will be closer to knowing the majority of the 23-man squad that he will be taking to FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The all-round solid performance will also have shaped the 45-year-old’s thoughts regarding his initial 30-man pre-tournament squad.

Although there is still time for that to change, the former World Cup and UEFA European championship-winning player’s recent selections suggest that he is already making some tough decisions. The omission of Samir Nasri, for one, is thought not to be for football reasons alone.

Deschamps’ group chosen for the Dutch clash hinted at squad building with important figures such as Franck Ribery and Mamadou Sakho included, despite recent injuries. But while some talented players were left out, the depth available to the former Olympique de Marseille coach is impressive.

Based on the latest squad for the Netherlands friendly, here is a prediction for France's World Cup squad.

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