Euro 2016 is just around the corner and believe it or not there is no clear-cut favorite to win the prize. The International friendlies showed us that any team is capable of beating another on their day. England defeated the mighty Germans and then they fell short against Netherland.
France fared very well in their two matches winning against Netherlands and Russia 3-2 and 4-2 respectively. This is one of the strongest French team in years. It consists of many talented players who are on a great run of form, and the team has enough good options in every position.
The French side has a very good and experienced goalkeeper in the form of Hugo Lloris, who has already proved himself in big matches. The defense includes Koscielny, Varane, Evra, Sagna, Sakho, Mathieu, etc. All of these players play for big clubs and know how to perform under pressure. Koscielny and Varane’s CB partnership could blossom this summer.
Many match winners are available for France in the midfield. Paul Pogba is a brilliant talent playing on top of his game and his performances week in week out show why every club is after the young midfielder. Griezmann is one of the deadliest wingers in the world and requires no introduction. Payet has been one of the signings of the season in the EPL and now he is proving his worth internationally with good performances.
One player who deserves immense praise is Kante. The holding midfielder has been brilliant for the Foxes and is known for destroying attacks of the opponents, clean tackling and calm and composed distribution. His presence in Midfield has given stability to Leicester and helped them in their title run.
France has an abundant supply of strikers. Giroud is in good form, and his link-up has improved. Anthony Martial is one of the most promising talents; he is lightning fast with confidence and can be defender’s worst nightmare.
France has many promising individuals, and they combine perfectly. Last time France hosted the Euros, they went on to win it in 1984. Will history repeat itself or will Deschamps’ side fall short at the main stage?
Words by: Hassan Shahid