Predicting who will be France's defensive starters at the World Cup is not an easy task. Didier Deschamps will likely name eight defenders in his 23-man squad come the Jun. 2 deadline, and all eight of them could easily state their own case for starting in the opening game against Honduras.
France’s defence has historically been one of their strong points in recent years: Names such as Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram and Patrick Battiston are just some of the legendary players that have patrolled the back line for les Bleus since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Now a new line of defenders are set to take on the responsibilities this summer, with only two of the players that were called up to South Africa in 2010 set to be included for this summer’s tournament in Brazil. The new line-up definitely has a younger look to it than in previous years, and this will have an effect on the defence that Deschamps picks to start the competition in South America.
Let’s take a look at the defence that Deschamps will likely start with in the opening game against Honduras.