The only concern with France is that there is no significant name in the team like Zidane or Dimitri Payet. The whole team is full of the youngster and another thing, they are not qualified yet.
- World Ranking: – 6
- Odds to win World Cup: – 8-1
After knocking out the favorites Germany in the semis, most of the neutrals expected France to beat Portugal on home soil, in the Euro Cup 2016 final. However, the Portuguese caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition and claimed the ultimate European accolade.
France need to get over what happened and concentrate on what’s coming up next, because one thing is for sure, that their squad will be much stronger in 2018. The major issue for France is Didier Deschamps’ tactical approach, which many pundits have already criticized for being too pragmatic – but his pragmatism did pay dividends against the reigning World Cup winners in 2016.
One player who has set the European scene on fire in recent times is Kylian Mbappé. The 19-year old Paris Saint Germain striker could well be the surprise of the World Cup in 2018.