Paul Pogba to star in French World Cup team

Mbappe in training. Image PA

Mbappe in training. Image PA

A sentence - from BBC Sport presenter Mark Chapman - which struck fear in World Cup fans across the country on Saturday morning. Furthermore, France has a real chance to make a deep run in the tournament. Against the Americans, they created all France's unsafe moves and played several clever one-two combinations.

Midfielder Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) and goalkeeper Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) played critical roles this season in maintaining their teams' English Premier League status.

France striker Antoine Griezmann, though, is convinced of the former Juventus midfielder's ability and has backed him to show it in Russian Federation.

Van Marwijk comes to Russian Federation boasting the peculiar achievement of having qualified Saudi Arabia for the World Cup, before leaving his position late in the campaign.

After Australia, France faces off against Peru.

In defensive midfield, the ever reliable N'Golo Kante is likely to be paired with Blaise Matuidi, but neither player is particularly forward minded, and if Pogba is no off form, they will struggle in combining defence with forwards.

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According to oddsmakers, France is a -417 favorite to win on the moneyline.

France begin their tournament on Saturday morning with an 11am game against Austrailia before going on to play Peru and Denmark in their two remaining group games, they are on of the current favourites to win the tournament. While this match may be easy for the French team, they certainly can not overlook it. While Denmark lacks star power, they have Christian Eriksen.

But the quartet have just 21 minutes of playing time together against England last June as Deschamps fielded 14 different backlines in their 21 games since Euro 2016. France and Manchester United's Paul Pogba need to be aware of Eriksen's capabilities. These are things that happen and will happen again. The moneyline is too much to swallow, but it isn't out of the question at all that the French win by multiple goals.

And with Neymar leaving Barcelona for a world-record fee to join the French giants, skeptics felt Mbappe would be a bit part player.

Eight years on from an infamous France players' strike in South Africa, from where striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home in disgrace after insulting then coach Raymond Domenech, Deschamps is in charge of a comparatively better behaved and respectful team.

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