FIFA World Cup 2010: How France Have Wasted Their Enormous Talent

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FIFA World Cup 2010: How France Have Wasted Their Enormous Talent

At some moment during the 0-0 draw with Urguay, you're forced to look back to the French team sheet and then back to the pitch in confusion. Of the 23 players in the French squad, there are eight Ligue 1 winners, five Premier League winners, three Champions League winners, and two Treble Winners.

The scariest thought is that those figures don't even really do justice to this squad. You have arguably the best young goalkeeper in the world, the best fullback pairing at the World Cup, the most dogged defensive midfielders in world football, and a playmaker who almost single-handedly led Bordeaux to a Ligue 1 title and broke the chokehold of Lyon over the French league.

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