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France vs Croatia: Team News & Possible Starting Lineups For 2018 World Cup Final

France has announced their final 23-Man squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup which included quite a few surprises most notably Martial, Benzema and Rabiot missing out. Didier Deschamps went with in form players and squad shows how France are likely to setup with attacking intent.

Confirmed France 23 Man Squad: Football seasons still going after the end of the season and in the month May there will be official squad announcement made by the (Didier Deschamps).

PLAYER CLUB AGE POSITION
1 Hugo Lloris Tottenham 32 GK
2 Steve Mandanda Marseille 31 GK
3 Alphonse Areola PSG 25 GK
4 Layvin Kurzawa PSG 25 Defender
5 Presnel Kimpembe PSG 22 Defender
6 Benjamin Mendy Manchester City 23 Defender
7 Samuel Umtiti Barcelona 24 Defender
8 Raphaël Varane PSG 24 Defender
9 Lucas Hernandez Atletico Madrid 22 Defender
10 Benjamin Pavard Stuttgard 22 Defender
11 Adil Rami Marseille 32 Defender
12 Djibril Sidibé Monaco 25 Defender
13 Thomas Lemar Monaco 22 Midfielder
14 Blaise Matuidi Juventus 30 Midfielder
15 Corentin Tolisso Bayern Munich 22 Midfielder
16 Paul Pogba Manchester United 24 Midfielder
17 N’Golo Kanté Chelsea 26 Midfielder
18 Ousman Dembele Barcelona 21 Forward
19 Florian Thauvin Marseille 25 Forward
20 Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid 26 Forward
21 Kylian Mbappé PSG 19 Forward
22 Nabil Fakir Lyon 24 Forward
23 Olivier Giroud Arsenal 31 Forward

France Coach: Didier Deschamps

France has the most talented squad in the world and their national team coach (Didier Deschamps) has been doing a very good job to get the best of incredible pool of talent he has at his disposal. He took over as national team coach back in July 2012 and since than France have been improving gradually and reached the final of Euro 2016 losing against Portugal. Didier Deschamps is a attacking minded coach and although team is full of players reaching their peak, they still do not control game the likes of Germany and Brazil do but France are deadly on the counter and that how they are likely to lineup with pacy wingers in 4-3-3 formation.

Possible Starting Lineup:

Antoine Griezmann is the star striker upfront who finished are top goal scorer in Euro 2018 and hitting the form just at the right time going into the world cup. He will be supported by Kylian Mbappé and Lacazatte/Thomas Lemar in three man attack. Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kante are set to start in midfield roles. As far as defense is concerned, Laurent Koscielny is likely to start alongside Rafael Verane in central defense.

Benjamin Mendy would have been first choice but considering he has been out for long due to injury we can expect PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa to start at left back or even Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti with Sidibe to start at right back. Hugo Lloris to captain France in the World cup 2018.

Youngsters to watchout for: Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembele

Mbappe might have completed his permanent deal to PSG by the time he board the plane for Russia and he will be the key player for France with his pace and trickery. Ousmane Dembele is another one who might not start every game but when called upon should take his chances.

France Schedule of World Cup 2018:

France play their first match of the world cup against the (Aussies) on 16th June. The other two teams in their group are Denmark and Peru who will be a tough competition for them. On 26th June the team of France will play their final match of the group stage.

  1. France vs Australia – 16 June 2018
  2. France vs Peru – 21 June 2018
  3. Denmark vs France – 26 June 2018

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