Time for Deschamps' talented France to win trophy


The home win in 1998 was the last time France won the ultimate prize in world football and now 20 years later, expectations are high for the 23-man squad travelling to Russian Federation for this year's tournament.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has challenged fellow countryman Paul Pogba to "get angry" at the World Cup this summer when representating France.

France will open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Australia in Kazan.

With France, going into this World Cup, you can be forgiven for thinking they have the best chance to lift the title, considering they are have an experienced goalkeeper, composed defenders, strong midfielders and a wonderfully-talented attack.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba struck the post, while Nabil Fekir was denied in the final moments of the game by goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

And Petit has challenged him to repeat his match-winning performance that buried fierce rivals Manchester City at the Etihad in April.

Paul Pogba
GETTY Man Utd star Paul Pogba scored twice against Man City in April

With France's squad being packed full of midfield talent, Pogba will not be gifted a spot in the side and he will instead have to fight hard to make sure he stays ahead in the pecking order over the likes of Corentin Tolisso and Steven N'Zonzi.

Whilst it's important to have speedy wingers with a goal threat and a target man to aid in the quick transition from defence to attack, it's worthless without a central midfielder boasting an impressive range of passing, able to pick them out with long passes.

N'Golo Kante will also play in the French midfield, but the other spot is up for grabs between Blaise Matuidi of Juventus and Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso.

"Don't take any of Olivier's quality away from him".

Despite rumours that he is unhappy at United and is being chased by Real Madrid, Pogba is fully focussed on succeeding with France at the World Cup.