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About France National Team

France have long been regarded as one of Europe’s top national sides even if they lifted the first and only World Cup trophy so far in 1998 on home soil. Les Bleus do have two European Championship titles to their name, although the country has yet to realise its full potential. France national football team tend to arrive at major tournament as one of the main contenders, but they rarely manage to live up to the billing when it really matters.

After winning back to back World Cup and Euro titles in 1998 and 2000, France have mostly struggled at big tournaments, even if they finished as runners up at the 2006 World Cup. The current Les Bleus team is packed with star players such as Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Geoffrey Kondogbia, and the entire nation has high expectations of the upcoming European Championship 2016 that will be held in France.

Important facts

Official website: http://www.fff.fr/equipes-de-france/
Nickname: Les Bleus, Les Tricolores, La Selection
FIFA membership: since 1904
Head coach: Didier Deschamps
Most capped player: Lilian Thuram (142)
Top goalscorer: Thierry Henry (51)
Trophies: World Cup (1998), Euro (1984, 2000)
World Cup best result: Champions (1998)

Latest squad (Netherlands, Russia friendlies):

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Villarreal);

Defenders: Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Benoît Trémoulinas (Sevilla), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid);

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), N’Golo Kante (Leicester);

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Monaco), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).