We are 60 days from the World Cup, and Didier Deschamps will likely have already figured out the majority of the team he will take to Brazil in hopes of banishing the memories of 2010 and going on to lift the trophy.
Deschamps took over from Laurent Blanc after the elimination to Spain at Euro 2012, and the former Marseille coach has done a great job in steadying the French ship and bringing respect back to the senior national team.
Qualifying in a group that included the current World Champions was always going to be tough, and with Spain topping the group as expected, France had to tackle Ukraine in a two-legged play-off.
It would be one of Deschamps' toughest tests as France coach. After losing 2-0 away from home, the World Cup-winning captain had to call upon all his experience to turn it around. In a memorable night in the Stade de France, Deschamps’ side showed incredible spirit and self-belief to beat Ukraine 3-0 amidst a raucous atmosphere. It will go down as one of the defining moments in French football history.
The base of the team that secured the ticket to Brazil via the play-off will be close to the side that moves on to the tournament. There is an excellent blend of youth and experience, with some newly capped players pushing for a start rather than just a place on the bench.
Let’s take a look to what the final 23-man list will probably look like.