Picking an Uncapped France XI

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Picking an Uncapped France XI
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Sometimes, it seems as if the French national team has an embarrassment of riches at its disposal. Didier Deschamps picked his 30-man squad last week, and even with the omissions of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, he was still able to pick a very strong squad—the 23 players who will be on the plane to Brazil are all at a very high level.

By adding in the impressive youth squads, France have an extremely healthy and vibrant national team setup.

There are some areas of the pitch that France look absolutely stacked in: central defence being one of them. Kurt Zouma, Samuel Umtiti and Aymeric Laporte are all pushing through from the under-21 side and doing their best to put pressure on the current senior side.

In the midfield, you only have to look at Morgan Schneiderlin to see that some very good players can get overlooked for years before they get a chance to prove themselves in the national team.

Here is a XI made up of players who have never represented Les Bleus at the senior level. Some of them still have a chance to make that breakthrough, but for others it is a case of bad timing, and their chance has gone.

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