In our France: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead to France’s squad and schedule for this summer’s tournament that they’re hosting, as well as how far they’ll advance and which players to keep an eye out for.
France: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Didier Deschamps
Captain: Hugo Lloris
France: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Friday, June 10
Wednesday, June 15
Sunday, June 19
France: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Samuel Umtiti (Lyon).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle).
Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).
France: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
In the build-up to their hosting of this tournament, things have been going rather well for France. In the most part, anyway.
This is Les Bleus, after all. The one blemish in their preparations for the 2016 showpiece has been the sex-tape scandal involving Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena. Since it came to light, the former was banned from the squad, while the latter, whose form has suffered badly since, has been left out of Deschamps’ party for the competition.
That aside, France are looking well placed for glory. Deschamps has depth to call upon in every area of the pitch, experienced players who have won big titles in the game and perhaps most excitingly of all, a crop of tyros the French people have been expecting to take this tournament by the scruff of the neck for a long time.
Juventus midfield behemoth Paul Pogba is one, as he continues to cement his status as one of the game’s elite midfield men. Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane are others, while 20-year-old Anthony Martial and 19-year-old Kingsley Coman look primed for breakthrough outings on the international stage.